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Miklos Szenthelyi

  • Conductor
  • Violinist

Biography

Eleven records has been released with Miklos Szenthelyi on the Hungaroton label, as soloist (4 with orchestra, 3 solo LPs, and 4 chamber music records). He plays solo on each additional CDs recorded and released featuring the Hungarian Virtuosi Orchestra (3 released in the USA). Compositions by Sarasate were published by him, as a reliant score. Since 1989 he is mostly performing and touring with his own orchestra, the Hungarian Virtuosi. Szenthelyi has been teaching violin at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music  since 1973. He was assistant to Professor Semyon Snitkovsky between 1978 and 1981, and today he chairs his own class of extraordinary talented violin students since 1978. He was appointed Dean Professor in 1978.

He led courses as guest professor, at the Greensboro Festival (USA) five times, six times in Finland (Karya) and once in Brazil (Sao Paolo). Competition winner young talents were attending his class, such as Jozsef Lendvai and Kristof Barati. In 2002 Szenthelyi has recorded all Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin composed by J.S. Bach.

As a rare event ever, he performed it in a single concert at St. Stephen Cathedral, Budapest. Miklos Szenthelyi was awarded the coveted Liszt Prize in 1986, and the Star of Hungary Commander Order by the President of Hungary, in 1994.
Miklos Szenthelyi plays on a G. Guarnieri master violin (1723) donated tio him by the State.