Sandor Végh

Biography

Born: May 17, 1912; Klausenburg   Died: January 7, 1997; Feilassing  
Sándor Végh was best known as one of the great chamber music violinists of the twentieth century. He began studying piano at the age of six. He entered the Budapest Conservatory in 1924, taking violin studies with Jeno Hubay and composition under Zoltán Kodály. He began a career as a solo violinist, and in 1927 played a Richard Strauss composition under the composer's baton. He graduated from the Conservatory in 1930, having won the Hubay Prize Read more and the Reményi Prize from the institution in 1927. As his solo career was developing, he joined the Hungarian Trio, with Ilonka Krauss and Laszlo Vencze.

In 1934 he became one of the founder-members of the Hungarian String Quartet. He was initially the first violin, but gave that position to Zoltán Szekeley and took second chair. He participated with the Hungarian String Quartet in the first performance of Béla Bartók's String Quartet No. 5 (1936).

Végh left the Hungarian Quartet in 1940 to found his own quartet, the Végh String Quartet. During the same season he became a professor at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He and the quartet left Hungary in 1946. The quartet continued to give concerts until the mid-1970s; Végh also made solo appearances as a violinist. He took French citizenship in 1953.

In 1952 he met cellist Pablo Casals, who invited Végh to join him in giving summer classes in Zermatt, Switzerland (1952-1962), and to appear annually in Casals' Prades Festival (1953-1969). He found teaching rewarding, and thereafter taught in Basel Conservatory (1953-1963), the Conservatory of Freiburg im Breigau (1954-1962), the Düsseldorf Conservatory (1962-1969) and the Mozarteum in Salzburg (1971-1997, becoming a professor there in 1978).

In the meanwhile he began conducting. He founded the Cervo (Italy) Chamber Music Festival in 1962 and often conducted there. He founded the Sándor Végh Chamber Orchestra and conducted it for a term lasting from 1968 to 1971, and conducted the Marlboro Festival Orchestra (1974-1977). In 1979 he became conductor of the Camerata Academica at the Mozarteum. With them he made a recording of Mozart's divertimentos and serenades that won the Grand Prix du Disque of 1989.

He was awarded an honorary appointment as Commander of the British Empire in 1988 and the Gold Medal of Salzburg in 1987. After a long illness, he died at a hospital in Freilassing, just across the border from Salzburg. Read less
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  • 1.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 11929 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Eugene Istomin,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Pablo Casals,  Rudolf Serkin  ... 
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    Schubert: Quintet In C;  Beethoven: Cello Sonata / Casals
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420077 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Sandor Végh,  Sandor Zöldy,  Georges Janzer  ... 
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    Beethoven: Piano Trios 5 & 7 / Engels, Végh, Casals
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420855 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Sandor Végh,  Mieczyslaw Horszowski,  Karl Engel
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    Casals Festivals At Prades - 1953-62
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1187 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mieczyslaw Horszowski,  Christian Ferras  ... 
    Conductor:  Pablo Casals
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra,  London Collegium Musicum,  Sándor Végh Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Restored Masterworks - Pablo Casals 1953/1956
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 929 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Rudolf Serkin,  Szymon Goldberg,  Sandor Végh  ... 
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    Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, String Quartet No 1 / Vegh Quartet
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 287 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Georges Janzer,  Paul Szabo,  Sandor Végh,  Sandor Zöldy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
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    Bartok: Complete String Quartets / Vegh String Quartet
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1169 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Paul Szabo,  Georges Janzer,  Sandor Zöldy,  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
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    Brahms: String Quartets / Végh Quartet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756155 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sandor Zöldy,  Georges Janzer,  Sandor Végh,  Paul Szabo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
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    Casals Festivals At Prades - Live Concert Performances
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1113 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Milton Thomas,  Paul Tortelier,  Arthur Grumiaux,  William Kapell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
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    Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets / Végh Quartet
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1084 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sandor Végh,  Paul Szabo,  Georges Janzer,  Sandor Zöldy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
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    Haydn, Beethoven, Debussy: String Quartets / Végh Quartet
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 361941 Release Date: 11/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Sandor Végh,  Sandor Zöldy,  Georges Janzer,  Paul Szabo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
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    The Early Years - Beethoven: Chamber Music / Casals, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438520 Release Date: 02/14/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Sandor Végh,  Mieczyslaw Horszowski,  Karl Engel  ... 
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    Bartok: Duos For 2 Violin / Végh, Lysy
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 7720 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Sandor Végh,  Alberto Lysy
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