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Violin (English, Hungarian)

György Pauk


Recognised as one of the leading violinist of his generation, Gyorgy Pauk was born in Budapest, Hungary and received his musical education at the renown Franz Liszt Music Academy. Before settling in London in 1961, he already won First Prize of the PAGANINI Competition in Genova, The Premier Grand Prix of the JACQUES THIBAUD Competition in Paris, First Prize of the MUNICH Sonata Competition and gave numerous concerts all over Eastern Europe.
He made his London debut in the Wigmore Hall in 1962 receiving outstanding reviews in the press, followed by his orchestral debut in the Royal Festival Hall, with the London Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel.

He made his U.S. Debut with the Chicago Symphony at the invitation of Sir George Solti. He performed on all five Continents giving an average of 90 concerts a year with most of the major orchestras, collaborating with conductors like Haitink, Dorati, Barbirolli, Solti, Kondrashin, Boulez, Rattle, Dutoit, Rozdestvensky, Dohnanyi, Colin Davis, etc. He has appeared, among others, at the Edinburgh, Luzern, Cheltenham, Bath, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Aspen, Dubrovnik, Prague Spring Festivals. He was a regular soloist at the Henry Wood Promenade Seasons at the Albert Hall and made innumerable broadcasts for the BBC. His exceptional rich repertoire, also for chamber music, includes several master pieces of the 20th Century, he gave world-and national premiers of Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Schnittke, Maxwell Davies, Tippet Violin Concertos under the baton of the composers. His numerous gramophone recordings include several award winners: Cecielia Prize, Grammy nomination, Record of the Year, etc. Gyorgy Pauk is considered one of the most authentic Bartok interpreter and expert of Bartok’s music worldwide. He retired from the podium, after over more than five decades, playing his last farewell concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under their conductor Ivan Fischer in Budapest in 2008.

Gyorgy Pauk is now professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he conducts a “Performers Class” with selected young talents from all over the world. His guest Master Classes included visits in the US at Curtis, Peabody, Yale, Cleveland, Oberlin, Manhattan School, San Francisco, and Juilliard School in New York as well as in China, Japan, Israel and all over Europe. He is often invited to Juries of the major International Violin Competitions.

Gyorgy Pauk has received several public honours in Britain and Hungary and is Honorary Professor of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of London in 2016.
He has been playing on his MASSART Stradivarius violin, of 1714, the Master’s Golden Period.

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