György Pauk

Hon RAM, Hon GSM

Strings - Ede Zathureczky Professor of Violin

Distinguished international concerto soloist, premiering works of many leading composers

Prolific and award winning recording artist; a great interpreter of Bartok

First Prize winner of the Paganini and the Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competitions

Recognised as one of the leading violinists of his generation, György was born in Hungary and received his musical education at the Franz Liszt Academy. Before settling in London in 1961 he was the First Prize winner of the Paganini and the Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competitions and was already a distinguished concert artist in Hungary as well as in Eastern Europe.

He made his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel and his USA debut with the Chicago Symphony at the invitation of Sir George Solti. He has performed on all five continents, with most of the major orchestras and conductors, giving an average of eighty concerts a season. He boasts an exceptionally rich repertoire, also for chamber music, that includes some of the masterpieces of the 20th century. He gave world and national premieres of the works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Schnittke, Maxwell Davies and Michael Tippett with the composers conducting. György is also considered one of the greatest Bartok interpreters worldwide. Among his numerous recordings are several award winners.

He retired from stage after turning seventy, with a career stretching over half a century. He gave a series of farewell concerts, playing the Bartók Concerto with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer.

György has a permanent performers class at the Royal Academy of Music as well as giving masterclasses at renowned music academies, festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan and China. He has received several public honours in Britain as well as the Highest Order of the Republic of Hungary.

At the London Master Classes he has conducted the violin class on numerous occasions.

György Pauk plays on the Massart Stradivarius of 1714, the master’s Golden Period. 

Read more: an interview with György Pauk

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