Ferenc Szecsődi

Prof. Ferenc Szecsődi

Mr. Szecsődi studied under István Bodonyi, at the Béla Bartók Conservatory, and Mihály Szűcs, at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. During his time there he won the Grand Prize of the Music Academy.

 His teaching career began in 1977 at the Franz Liszt Music Akademy in Szeged. He attained habilitation (the highest academic qualification one can achieve) in 2000 and became the youngest university professor in Hungary. In recognition of his educational excellence, he was elected as the director of the Violin and Chamber Music Department in the same year. Many of his students have continued with successful careers as virtuoso violinists, giving concerts or teaching in Hungary and throughout Europe. Since 2005, he has been the President of the Jenő Hubay Society (the famous Hungarian violinist, composer and Teacher).

He became an international soloist in 1984, when he received the much sought-after Grand Prize of the Cziffra Grant. Since that time, he is a welcomed artist in the concert halls of many large European cities, such as: Vienna, Bologna, Madrid, Paris, Zürich and Kiev to name a few.

Ferenc Szecsődi plays an important role in Hungarian music life and many composers, for example: Zsolt Durkó, Pál Rózsa, Miklós Kocsár and Lajos Huszár have dedicated their solo pieces to him. Mr. Szecsődi regularly plays on recordings and in the studios of the Hungarian Radio and Television. In 1987, he was awarded the Artistic Prize of the Hungarian Radio, and in 1992 named “best performing artist of the year” and the following year (1993) awarded the Liszt Prize. As acknowledgment of his pedagogic activity, he was awarded with the Weiner Prize in 1996.

His important recordings include a wide range of classical Hungarian violin literature. His record entitled “The Great Hungarian Violin School”, was commended by lovers of violin music as well as the critics, who acclaimed his “brilliant technical ability and exuberant musicality” (Új Magyarország), or praised the “Hungarian Paganini’s temperamental playing” (Zürichersee Zeitung).


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