Bolton Clarke Central Catering truck driver Kornel Banvolgyi delivers more than food to our Brisbane residential aged care communities – the accomplished violinist and recording artist also shares the gift of music, with performances for residents along the way.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1946 he began to learn violin at age 8, but his studies were interrupted two years later by the Hungarian uprising.
Kornel escaped with his parents to Austria and then Australia, where they arrived in 1957.
In 1960, his parents bought him a handcrafted Yakimoff violin and he resumed lessons, earning a place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and achieving excellent results.
Later, while working as a truck driver around Sydney, he developed an interest in country music and played in the bluegrass band “Roadapple”, which won first place in its category at the Tamworth Country Music Awards and recorded an album, and in various country bands around Sydney.
Kornel moved to Brisbane in 2010 and started work with Central Catering the following year, delivering food to Bolton Clarke residential communities from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast.
“Playing for and entertaining our residents gives me great joy and satisfaction,” he says.
“I played a Christmas Carols concert at Tantula Rise, Alexandra Headlands last year and all the residents sang along.
“I look forward to continuing to drive and to entertain in our communities.”