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A New Approach to Violin Playing


A New Approach to Violin Playing

KATÓ HAVAS OBE born in Hungary, was a child prodigy of the violin. Introduced to the instrument at the age of five, she gave her first professional recital at seven. Her compatriot, Emil Telmanyi, was so impressed by her playing that he arranged for her to study with Imre Waldbauer at the Royal Academy in Budapest, where she received the traditional virtuoso training. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of seventeen and was acclaimed by the critics.

Whereas most child prodigies find a period of retirement essential if they are to achieve maturity of mind and musicianship, in the case of Kato Havas this happened quite naturally. She married at eighteen and while bringing up her three daughters withdrew altogether from professional life.

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It was during this period of withdrawal, of standing back as it were, that she evolved her revolutionary method of teaching.

A charismatic teacher, Miss Havas has been invited to lecture at Oxford University, has given talks and demonstrations on television, as well as a series of lecture demonstrations in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many European countries. She has travelled extensively in the United States, giving workshops on the application of the new approach to violin and viola playing. She was founder and director of the Purbeck Music Festival in Dorset, the Roehampton Music Festival in London and the International Festival in Oxford where she is now based and approached by players from all over the world.

In 1992 the American String Teachers Association conferred upon her its prestigious International Award in recognition of her “unparalleled achievements” and in 2002 Kato Havas was appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) in theQueen's Birthday Honours, for services to music.

Her books have long been translated into Chinese, German, Spanish and Swedish. Recently they have become available in Czech, Hungarian, Japanese, Italian and Dutch.

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Gloria Bakhshayesh

Gloria Bakhshayesh is Kató's Personal Representative for Europe and Khana. She is also the author of Dancing Bows and Ringing Strings, a carefully researched and developed course of violin teaching for 7 to 11 year old children.

Click on the picture of the book for full details of Gloria's highly successful violin teaching course, which has been specifically developed in consultation with Kató over many years.


Dancing Bows Violin Teaching course.


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