Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1949, twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits emigrated with their parents after the 1956 Revolution and lived in Israel for three years before moving to the United States. At age seven, Laz began studying violin and San piano, but by then they’d already been singing in public for almost three years. However, it wasn’t until after they graduated from The University of Rochester (San with a BA in History, Laz with a BA in English) that their lifelong interest in music took hold.
Over the years, the brothers started playing additional instruments. Laz, besides the violin, plays the guitar, slide guitar, and pennywhistle, mandolin, and harmonica. San also plays guitar and a variety of unusual hand-percussion, including the bodhran and the bones.
Since 1979, their recordings have won a number of awards from: Parents’ Choice Magazine, Early Childhood News, the National Parenting Publications (NAPPA), and other prestigious publications. Every year since 1995, Gemini has received ASCAP’s “Popular Awards,” a songwriting and recording award.
San and Laz have received songwriting grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts, and have written music for educational TV and films. They have also arranged and recorded 12 international ethnic folk dance music albums to accompany Phyllis Weikart’s book Rhythmically Moving, which are used internationally by early childhood educators to teach movement and dance to children. Gemini’s recording “Once Upon A Time… The Storytelling Album,” featuring folk tales from around the world, with musical elements added to each story.