My full name is Kornel Juhasz, I was born in Pécs, Hungary. I started playing the guitar at the age of 14. When I was 15 I learned blues and rock guitar skills from Tamás Katona, who is a fantastic blues guitarist, My first bands were founded with classmates in the secondary school. My favorite rock guitarists were Michael Schenker, Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
My first studio recordings were made in 1991-1992, with my band named Gazfitz-Co. The songs were broadcasted in the Hungarian Radio Petőfi’s late-night blues program. At that time the Hungarian Metal Hammer magazine also published an excellent review of us.
In 1992 I met Tibor Kócziány and we played together for 2 years, mainly in duo formation, on acoustic guitar in Pécs's university and club life We performed our own joint compositions and also Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia, Acoustic Alchemy, Gipsy Kings songs. At this time I was influenced by the Latin and Spanish style, which later built into my own music.
In 1993 I became the member of the band called Zsűri, in Pécs. We performed on many university and college events and street festivals all over the country. We also played with famous Hungarian singers, such as Tamás Somló, Lajos D. Nagy, Tibor Bornai and Feco Balázs. One time we performed with Ferenc Demjén as well, it was fantastic to accompany him too.
At this time I got to be interested in jazz. My favorite jazz musicians were George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Mezzoforte, Jaco Pastorius and Michael Brecker. In 1996 I started to study music theory from private teachers and I took jazz guitar lessons. In 1997 I moved to Budapest and played in several bands, among which Tisza Bea jazz singer’s band was outstanding.
After a few years of break in 2003 I restarted my carrier and established the Cornelio Tutu Band, with Ferenc Csomós drummer, Guszty Perger percussion player, Zoltán Oláh keyboard player and Péter Oláh bass guitarist. The Cornelio Tutu Band had numerous formations during its nearly 10 years of existence. We lounched two albums, played on several Hungarian and international festivals, and our songs have been played by Hungarian radio stations for many years. Find more details about the Cornelio Tutu Band under a separate menu on this site.
In 2005 and 2006 I became the endorser of the American guitar manufacturer company Washburn. I was listed as an artist on the Washburn’s site. In both years, I performed with Washburn's jazz guitars at the Musicmesse, Frankfurt, Europe's largest musical-instrument fair.
The Cornelio Tutu Band was active until the end of 2012.
In 2016, under my original name of Kornel Juhasz I recorded my new song ‘Sweet Rhythm’.
I moved to Dublin at the end of 2018, where I started to play with different local formations. At the beginning of 2020 I changed my artist name to KORNEL J.