A4 Professional Musicians

For many centuries, Roma and Sinti were employed as professional musicians by the nobility and in concert halls. Starting in the 19th century, Roma and Sinti received professional training in music schools, conservatories and universities. Many poor Roma found an additional source of income in winter playing music at dances and weddings. In many Roma families, the children still learn to play an instrument from their parents today.

The Hungarian Béla Ruha Gypsy Orchestra in a hotel in The Hague, Netherlands in the 1930s.
1930 - 1938