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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.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Complete Symphonies / Goodman, Vegh, Hanover Band, Camerata Salzburg
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94218 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman,  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band,  Camerata Salzburg
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    Lockenhaus Vol 2 - Mozart: Clarinet Quintet / Meyer, Vegh, Hagen Quartet
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434032 Release Date: 02/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Neithard Resa,  Philip Hirschhorn,  Han de Vries,  Vladimir Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet,  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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    Dinner Classics
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9063 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Anton Rubinstein,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  János Bálint,  Deborah Sipkai,  Dénes Várjon  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Janos Kovács,  Emil Tabakov,  Pavel Urbanek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos K 450 & 451 / Schiff, Vegh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433374 Release Date: 02/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 8 & 9 / Sandor Vegh
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 437 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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    Little Music Lovers - Mozart
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001289402 Release Date: 09/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Karl Leister,  Irena Grafenauer,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Colin Davis,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 22 & 23 / András Schiff, Sándor Vegh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425855 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 9 & 13 / Andras Schiff, Sandor Vegh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425466 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 12 & 14 / András Schiff, Sándor Végh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417886 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Mozart: Serenade K 320
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422413 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernhard Krabatsch,  Michael Vladar,  Hofer Horst,  Gottfried Menth  ... 
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Mozart: Violin Concertos / Yuzuko Horigome, Sandor Vegh
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48031 Release Date: 07/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Yuzuko Horigome
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 19 & 27 / András Schiff, Sándor Vegh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421259 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 14.
    Sándor Végh - Salzburger Mozart Matineen 1988-1993
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 741073 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 8 & 11 / András Schiff, Sándor Végh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433042 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 5 & 6, Rondo K 382 / Schiff, Vegh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430517 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 17.
    Serenades By Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Wolf / Sandor Végh
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 630041 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Hugo Wolf
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    The #1 Classical Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470933 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Nigel Kennedy,  Carlos Bonell  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Willi Boskovsky,  Julius Rudel,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Marlboro Music Festival 50th Anniversary Album
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9108 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  György Kurtág,  Béla Bartók,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Cho,  Siegfried Palm,  Soovin Kim,  Kirsten Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marlboro Festival Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Bach: Orchestersuiten Bwv 1066-1069 / Sándor Végh, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 537002 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Pamina Blum
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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  • 21.
    Haydn: Symphonies / Sándor Végh, Camerata Academica
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 532001 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Alexander Jarbiczek,  Heide Litschauer,  Reinhold Malzer,  Judith Farmer
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Academica
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  • 22.
    Highlights Of Great Symphonies
    Label: Laserlight   Catalog: 36005 Release Date: 07/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Ute Walther,  Kolos Kováts,  Alison Hargan
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel,  János Ferencsik,  Hans Graf,  Sandor Végh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Mozart: Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460191 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Josef Suk,  Iona Brown,  András Schiff,  Antony Pay  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Peter Maag  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Vienna Wind Soloists,  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble  ... 
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  • 24.
    Mozart: Symphonies 38 & 41 / Végh, Camerata Academica
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 486981 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Academica
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    Haydn: Symphonies No 101 & 102 / Vegh, Camerata Academica
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 469971 Release Date: 05/05/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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