Recognized as one of the leading violinist of his generation Gyorgy Pauk was born in Budapest, Hungary, and received his musical education at the renowned Franz Liszt Academy.
A Classical Music Competition Winner
Before settling in London in 1961, he already concertized all over Eastern Europe and won First Prize of the Paganini Competition in Genova, the Premier Grand Prix of the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris and First Prize of the Munich Sonata Competition.
Performances Around the World
He made his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel and his U.S. debut with the Chicago Symphony at the invitation of Sir George Solti. He regularly performed on all 5 Continents with most of the major orchestras collaborating with conductors like Haitink, Dorati, Solti. Boulez, Rattle. Dutoit, Rozhdestvensky, Blomstedt, Dohnányi, Colin Davis etc.
He has appeared at Festivals like: Edinburgh, Luzern, Cheltenham, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Aspen and at the Henry Wood Promenade seasons in London. He made innumerable broadcasts for the BBC. His exceptional rich repertoire , also for chamber music, includes several masterpieces of the 20th century : he gave world- and national premieres of works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Schnittke, Maxwell Davies and MichaelTippet under the baton of the composers.
Grammy and Other Nominated Recordings
His numerous recordings include several award winners: Cecielia Prize for Outstanding Recordings, Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. Gyorgy Pauk is considered the most authentic Bartok interpreter and expert of Bartok’ music worldwide.
He retired from the podium, after over more than 5 decades , playing his farewell concert in Budapest with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer in 2008. Gyorgy Pauk is now professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he conducts a “ Performers Class “ with selected young talents from all over the world. He regularly visits the US where he is giving master classes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oberlin College Ohio and Juilliard School of Music in New York. His guest master classes included visits at Curtis, Peabody, Yale, Cleveland, Oberlin, Manhattan Schools, as well as in China, Japan, Israel and all over Europe. Gyorgy Pauk has received several public honours in Britain and Hungary, also, he is Professor Emeritus of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Gyorgy Pauk has been playing on his Massart Stradivarius of 1714, the Master’s Golden Period.