|Today in Music History
A Daily Look at Music History For Violin Students
A Look at What Happened on Today's Date
Long, Long Ago . . . Or Maybe Just Last Year
|1607 - Death of German theologian, poet and composer Philipp Nicolai.
1694 - Birth of Finnish-Swedish violinist, conductor and composer Johan Helmich Roman.
1783 - Premiere of Mozart's Mass in C minor, K.427, composer conducting.
1789 - Joseph Mayseder, Austrian composer and violinist, was born. Member of the Schuppanzigh Quartet.
1813 - Birth of hymn writer Henry Thomas Smart.
1858 - Hymnist Isaac Baker Woodbury died.
1859 - Birth of composer Arthur Friedheim.
1867 - Death of English hymn composer John Fawcett, at 77.
1873 - Premiere of Bruckner's Symphony #2.
1886 - Premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain.
1919 - Premiere of Sir Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto, op 85. (A Great CD of several cello concertos.)
1924 - Johanna Martzy, Hungarian violinist was born.
1945 - Premiere of Bloch's Suite Symphonique by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
1956 - Premiere of William Schuman's New England Triptych. University of Miami Orchestra.
1961 - First performance of David Diamond's Symphony No. 8. New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein conducting.
1971 - The first of ten Top Twenty hits for soul singer Al Green, Tired of Being Alone, went gold.
|György Pauk was born in Budapest, Hungary, October 26, 1936. He began music study early, his first violin lessons coming at age five.
Pauk entered the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest when he was 12 years old. He studied under Zolatan Kodaly, and made his orchestral debut when he was 14.
In 1956 he left Hungary, moving to Holland. While living there Pauk won first prize in the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1956, the Munich Sonata Competition in 1957 and the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris in 1959.
|In 1961 Pauk met violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who suggested that he move to London, and that is what Pauk did. He has had an outstanding international career, appearing with some of the world's premier orchestras and under the baton of leading conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Antal Dorati, Leonard Slatkin,. His 1962 debut recital at Wigmore Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel included a performance of Bartók’s solo sonata.
In 1971 Pauk finally traveled to the United States at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti. His performance with the Chicago symphony orchestra was a triumph.
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|Not only does Pauk teach, he also serves on juries in many of the world's best known violin competitions . . . the Britten and the Paganini competitons included.
Pauk's broad repertoire includes the standard classical repertoire, but he is also known as a champion of 20th Century music. He has given premieres of works by Krystoff Penderecki, Peter Maxwell Davies, and Witold Lutoslawski, each time under the baton of the composer.
|Pauk has appeared with the major London orchestras, at the Henry Wood Promenade seasons and at the Bath, Cheltenham, City of London and Orkney festivals, with performances regularly broadcast by the BBC. He is Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London (holding the Ede Zathureczky Professor Chair), as well as Swiss Winterthur-Zurich Conservatory of Music.|
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|György Pauk’s recordings include several award-winning releases and he has received honors both in Britain and in Hungary, notably the Hungarian Order of the Republic in 1998 for his contribution to music throughout the world.
Pauk plays the Massart Stradivarius of 1714.