György Pauk

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György Pauk

First Prize in 1956 at the Niccolò Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy.

Violinist György Pauk's masterclasses

György Pauk

Recognized as one of the leading violinists of his generation, György 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 at the Paganini Competition in Genova, The Premier Grand Prix at the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, First Prize at the Munich Sonata Competition, and had performed 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 US debut with the Chicago Symphony at the invitation of Sir George Solti. Likewise, he has performed in all five continents, giving an average of 90 concerts a year alongside many major orchestras, collaborating with conductors like Haitink, Dorati, Barbirolli, Solti, Kondrashin, Boulez, Rattle, Dutoit, Rozdestvensky, Dohnanyi, Colin Davis, and more. What's more, he has appeared, among others, at the Edinburgh, Luzern, Cheltenham, Bath, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Aspen, Dubrovnik, and 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 masterpieces 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 interpreter and expert of Bartok's music worldwide. He retired from the podium after five decades, playing his last farewell concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under their conductor Ivan Fischer in Budapest in 2008.

György 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. He has led masterclasses in the US at the following institutions: Curtis, Peabody, Yale, Cleveland, Oberlin, Manhattan School, San Francisco, and Juilliard School, as well as in schools all over China, Japan, Israel and across Europe. He is often invited to juries of many major international violin competitions.

György Pauk has received several public honors 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 1714 Massart Stradivarius violin. 

Instruments: Violin, Chamber music

Masterclasses of György Pauk (10)