On Thursday, June 9th Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi presented Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Frank London with the Hungarian Order of Merit Knight’s Cross for his service as a cultural ambassador for Hungarian and Hungarian-Jewish music.

At a laudation ceremony held on Thursday, June 9th, Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi conferred upon Frank London the Hungarian Order of Merit Knight's Cross for his far-reaching influence on the Klezmer music as well as his significant contributions to the preservation of Hungarian-Jewish music and culture.

Ambassador Szemerkényi presents Frank London with the Hungarian Order of Merit Knight's Cross

Since graduating from the prestigious New England Conservatory in 1980, Frank London’s trail of accomplishments includes that of the bandleader of the Klezmatics, an extremely popular group in the Klezmer world that gained international fame for their dedication to the preservation of contemporary Jewish and Yiddish culture.

The Klezmatics have performed across the entire world, including at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, both in New York City. In 2006, London and the Klezmatics won a Grammy Award in Contemporary World Music for the song “Wonder Wheel.”

Ambassador Szemerkényi alongside Frank London, Zita Vadasz of the Hungarian Cultural Institute and cultural attaché David Singer

As an important figure in both American and Hungarian cultural scenes, London continues to frequently collaborate with a number of prominent Hungarian musicians including Béla Ágoston, Eszter Bíró, András Párniczky and the Nigun.

Frank London is also the bandleader of the Glass House Orchestra, a project initiated by the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York in 2014 in memory of Hungarian Holocaust victims. The ensemble, named after the Glass House, or “Üvegház” in Hungarian, the famous safe house designated by Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz in Budapest during the Holocaust, performed alongside legendary Hungarian folk music group Muzsikás at a trio of concerts in Washington, DC, New York City and Ottawa Canada in 2015.