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József Lenday / Photo: John E. Smith

József Lendvay

József Lendvay

violin

Violinist József Lendvay comes from one of the most famous families of Gypsy musicians. He received his musical training at the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music and the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in his home city of Budapest. He won his first violin competition at the age of seven. Since then he has won prizes and awards in national and international competitions, including first prize in the prestigious 1997 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Paris. The Hungarian has also received the Echo Klassik award for two CD recordings: for “Lendvay” in 2005 and for “Dancing in Paris”, produced together with the Alliage Quintett, in 2013. 

Thanks to his classical brilliance and his distinctive musicality, József Lendvay has made his mark among contemporary violinists. His commanding interpretations of classical works are impressive and he enthrals audiences with rousing folkloric concerts. Even music critics praise his breathtaking virtuosity and impeccable phrasing.

József Lendvay plays the “Ex-Ries” Stradivari dating from 1693, which is loaned to him by the Reinhold Würth Musikstiftung foundation.

Last updated: 2019