Szandra Ivan is an award winning internationally touring and recording pianist, singer and songwriter hailing from Budapest, Hungary.
Szandra has been playing the piano since early childhood. The young performer has been one of Hungary's most sought-after musicians performing a large variety of songs ranging from pop, soul, jazz, R&B, blues and beyond. Szandra has been entertaining audiences around the world including but not limited to Japan, Vietnam, Germany, UK, Italy, Poland and the USA. Szandra's listeners have praised her music as "Full of positive energy." "Therapeutic!" "Fun!" and "Engaging".
After finishing music college in Budapest (Kobanyai Zenei Studio) Szandra became the house pianist and singer at Hotel Marriott Budapest where she has played for artists such as Grammy Award-winning Chaka Khan, Bobby Kimball, Al Di Meola, Eddie Gomez and Greg Hutchinson.
She was touring and released an album called 'Délutáni Csókok' with the world famous band, Budapest Bár. Szandra was invited to perform her original song at the Rzeszów Gala Event in Poland, accompanied by the Polish Symphony Orchestra, she also has been a returning guest star at the Nagasaki Rose Festival in Japan and has successfully toured the country as a solo artist. Szandra has also been writing her own music and providing her talents as a songwriter, lyricist and arranger on other artists' albums.
After finishing the world-renown Berklee College of Music in Boston (US), as a singer/songwriter she started her band called Ruby Harlem. Her song 'Forró' reached the semi final in the 'DAL 2019' - Eurovision Song Contest of Hungary. In 2019 Ruby Harlem won the Fonogram Award (hungarian Grammy) and they released their first album, 'Legyen úgy ahogy nem volt még'.
With saxophone player Andris Jasz, they released their album called 'I heart Swing' which has entered at #4 in iTunes Top 200 Releases Hungary All Genre Chart .
Both as a solo artist and as the leader of her band, Ruby Harlem the soulful performer has been playing in piano bars, special events, concert halls, theaters, festivals and stages across the world.
Newport Folk Festival (USA)・ Berklee College of Music (USA) ・Music Festival (Huis Ten Bosch,Nagasaki,Japan) ・Under The Bridge (London)・Youth Theatre (Vietnam-Hanoi)・
Hyakumanbon no Bara Rose Festival (Japan) ・ Carpathia Festival (Poland,Rzeszów) ・ Sziget Fesztivál Hungary ・ Budapest Marriott Hotel・ Sofitel Hotel Budapest ・Sofitel Hotel Hanoi ・ Four Seasons Budapest ・Danubius Hotel Gellért ・ Szidónia Kastélyszálló ・ Erzsébet Királyné Hotel Gödöllő ・Hotel Europa (Japan,Nagasaki) ・Hotel Amsterdam(Japan, Nagasaki) ・Budapest Bisztró ・ Opus Jazz Club ・ Budapest Music Center ・Budapest Jazz Club ・ Kapolcs - Művészetek völgye ・ A38 Hajó ・ A38 Hajóterasz ・Veszprém Fest, Rozé Rizling Jazz ・L'Occhio Di Stile Bar & Restaurant Budapest
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Live at Vigadó
Live at Opus Jazz Club
Il Bacio di Stile
live at Borneo Jazz & Wine
live at Budapest Music Center
Live at Budapest Jazz Club
Live in Budapest - A38 Hajó
Live in Japan, Nagasaki
Live at Hotel Marriott Budapest
Live in Poland - Carpathia Fest