György Sebok

Biography

Born: 1922; Szeged   Died: November 14, 1999; Bloomington, IN  
György Sebok was an internationally known pianist, particularly for his accompanying and chamber music, and a highly respected pedagogue.

His parents were Vilmos and Klara (Krausz) Sebok. He gave his first piano recital at the age of 11 and at 16 was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Among his teachers there were Zoltán Kodály and Leo Weiner.

After World War II, he made his concert career in Hungary, the Soviet
Read more Union, and other countries in Eastern Europe. While well known in these countries, the lack of communication between Soviet-dominated parts of Europe and the rest of the world hindered his recognition in Non-Communist nations.

In 1949, he became a professor of music at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest. During the brief period during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 when escape was possible, he traveled to Austria, then settled in Paris. One of his initial recordings in Western Europe won the Grand Prix du Disc of 1957.

In 1962, he was invited by Dean Wilfred Bain to join the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where his friend, cellist Janos Starker, was already teaching. Thereafter, Sebok often accompanied Starker in recitals. Sebok was named a Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University.

Sebok found himself inspired by teaching, and increased his activities in this sphere. He was a guest professor at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin and the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, which made him a life member of its faculty. In 1973 he began teaching master classes at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, which he continued until 1996.

In 1974, he taught master classes in Ernen, Switzerland, and established the town as an international center for master classes. This unique music festival, known as the Ernen Musikdorf (Ernen Music Village) is the annual occasion for the most promising young artists to meet each other and leading musicians in their fields while attending stimulating lessons on interpretation from master performers. He remained the artistic director of the Musikdorf through 1987, establishing it as a leading event on the yearly music calendar.

He also served as a guest teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatorium, the Barcelona School of Music, and the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik. He received the Cross of Merit of the Hungarian Government, the Medal of the City of Paris (Echelon Vermeille),and the Cultural Prize of the Wallonian States. In 1996 the French Government declared him a Chevalier of L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

He recorded frequently as a chamber, solo, and concerto pianist. One of his last projects was participation in a two-disc set from the Budapest Music Center of the compositions of his own teacher Leo Weiner. Read less
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  • 1.
    Janos Starker - The Mercury Living Presence Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002065602 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Valentini  ... 
    Performer:  János Starker,  György Sebok,  Stephen Swedish
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    The Liszt Experience / Berezovsky, Hoffmann, Leonskaja, Aimard, Alain
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 72554 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Boris Berezovsky,  György Sebok,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Kurt Masur,  Jean Sourisse,  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Audite Nova Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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  • 4.
    Bach Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001313002 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Heinz Holliger,  György Sebok,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Holliger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown,  Arpád Gerecz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Les Solistes Romands,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Brahms: The 3 Violin Sonatas / Arthur Grumiaux, György Sebok
    Label: Philips Musica Da Camera   Catalog: 426093 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  György Sebok
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  • 6.
    Perspectives - János Starker
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442845 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Leó Weiner,  Bohuslav Martinu  ... 
    Performer:  János Starker,  György Sebok,  Stephen Swedish
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms: Sonata For Violin And Piano No 1, Etc;  Vieuxtemps
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186155 Release Date: 12/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Henri Vieuxtemps
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  György Sebok,  Francis Orval,  Dinorah Varsi
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    Cello Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000233402 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alexander Borodin,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Bruno Canino,  Lynn Harrell,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Midnight Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000030302 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jacques Offenbach,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Kerr,  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Rhondda Gillespie  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Baroque Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470460 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Trevor Connah,  Tommaso Ruta,  Gino Del Vescovo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Raymond Agoult,  Anthony Lewis,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  I Musici,  New Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Movie Adagios / Solti, Tebaldi, Lupu, Schiff, Fleming, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468506 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Giacomo Puccini,  Andrea Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Renée Fleming,  Dietfried Gürtler  ... 
    Conductor:  András Schiff,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Nick Ingman,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonia  ... 
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  • 12.
    Label: Budapest Music Center/Bmc (Hungary)   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leó Weiner
    Performer:  György Sebok,  János Starker,  Melinda Felletar,  Antal Szalai
    Conductor:  Tibor Varga,  Zsolt Hamar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Chamber Orchestra
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    Essential Bach
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466465 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  András Schiff,  Alicia De Larrocha,  José Luis Garcia  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Raymond Agoult,  András Schiff,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 14.
    The Book Lover's Companion - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462773 Release Date: 09/01/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman,  Herbert Stähr,  Werner Haas,  George Pieterson  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members  ... 
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    Brahms For Book Lovers
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462561 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  György Sebok,  George Pieterson,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio members,  Quartetto Italiano,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members  ... 
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  • 16.
    Brahms At Bedtime
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454966 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  John Lenehan,  Claudio Arrau,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members
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  • 17.
    Bach At Bedtime
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446915 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Heinz Holliger,  György Sebok,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Holliger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown,  Arpád Gerecz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Les Solistes Romands,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Brahms: Complete Trios / Beaux Arts Trio
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438365 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Menahem Pressler,  Bernard Greenhouse,  George Pieterson,  Francis Orval  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio members,  Beaux Arts Trio
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  • 19.
    Bach: Suites For Solo Cello / Janos Starker
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 432756 Release Date: 11/08/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  János Starker,  György Sebok
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    Faure: Violin Sonatas Op.13 & Op.108/Franck: Violin Sonata In A
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426384 Release Date: 02/23/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  György Sebok,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Paul Crossley
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