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13 Highlights in the Life of Gyorgy Sebok


We are proud to announce Piano Magazine’s Featured Artist for the month of April 2022: Maestro György Sebők.

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  • 1922: Born in Szeged, Hungary.
  • 1933: First solo piano recital.
  • 1936: Performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under conductor Ferenc Fricsay.
  • 1938: Enrolled in the Franz Liszt Academy, under the guidance of Zoltán Kodály and Leo Weiner.
  • 1949: Named Professor of Piano at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, Hungary.
  • 1956: After the Hungarian Revolution, he settled in Paris, France.
  • 1957: Won the Grand Prix du Disque (the premier French award for musical recordings), and began a performance career that developed over the years into regular solo and chamber music appearances in most western European countries, Japan, South Africa, and North America.
  • 1962: Was invited by Dean Wilfred Bain to join the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, USA where he remained until his passing. He held the title of Distinguished Professor, the highest rank granted to any professor at the University.
  • 1973: Began teaching master classes at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, which he continued until 1996.
  • 1974: Founded and organized the Ernen Musikdorf (Ernen Music Village) — an annual summer masterclass in Ernen, Switzerland.
  • 1987: Ceased to be the artistic director of the Musikdorf, and founded and directed the Festival der Zukunft also in Ernen.
  • 1996: The French government bestowed on him the decoration Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
  • 1999: Passed away in Bloomington.

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