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Published on Jul 17, 2010
(1907,Budapest - 1998, Brussels)
At the Academy of Music, he was a desciple of József Bloch,Oszkár Studer and later ,of Hubay and Kodály. From 1920, he gave successful concerts in Budapest and abroad: he toured Europe,America and Africa as a soloist and as the first violinist of his eponymous string quartet. He could boast of Bartók's friendship and high esteem. Between 1925 and 1938, they gave several joint concerts in Hungary and elsewhere, performing classical and contemporary works. From 1940, he taught at the Brussels conservatory; between 1954 and 1959, he held a post at the conservatory of Cologne; from 1964, he was professor at the Hochschule in Hannover. He was primarily acclaimed as an eminent interpreter of pre-classical and modern music. He is still considered one of the best Bartók performers. He gave first performance of his two concertos in Paris, and in 1960, he also played the solo in the Budapest premiere of the First Violin Concerto. He recorded all of Bartók's violin pieces, including the two violin concertos and the 44 duos with Josef Suk. He gave many master-classes in Salzburg, darmstadt, Stockholm, and Bloomington. After the establishmkent of the Bartók seminary in Szombathely (Hungary),for several years, a visiting professor there. He transcribed Bartók' Sonatina to violin.