His father, Andras Romanek was the very first to make lutes in Hungary. The craftmanship of lutherie enchanted Tihamer in his early childhood. His father was his master and preceptor, hence he soaked in the master strokes of the craft as a specific `mouthertounge`. Besides being a luthier, Tihamer has also graduated as a teacher and he works as a speech therapist.
Tihamer has participated with his instruments in many exhibitions from his youth up. Tihamer's historic instruments were awarded 1st place at the exhibition organized at the Institute of Musicology back in 1989. After this success Master Pál Sáránszki invited Tihamer to take the craftsman's exam at the master's workshop.
Both the domestic and international branch magazines follow Tihamer`s work attentively. The Hungarian Television and the Hungarian Radio also broadcasted programmes about him.
The Hungarian Instrument Makers' Association has introduced the lute-harpsichord - as a Hungarian speciality - in Cremona in 2002. The Italian TV has reported on the event as well.
The instrument was exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris, then a series of concerts began in the city of Le Mans. The event cought both the attention of the representatives of the craft and the region.
Tihamer will be ready soon with two of his theorba-harpsichords, hence contributing to the memory of Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Christoph Fleischer.
The Hungarian Instrument Makers' Association has awarded Tihamer with a Silver diploma for craftsmen for teh reconstruction of the lute-harpsichord and the development of Kasha-system guitars.
Tihamer is an exceptional craftsman and person. Who knows what new or long ago forgotten instrument puzzles his brains right now?
The tradition continues...