Master class

Master Class with Gyorgy Pauk (II/IV)

Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Solo Violin No. 6 in E Major

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Gyorgy Pauk — Teacher, violinist

Elena Kawazu — Violinist

Program notes

Gyorgy Pauk gives a master class on Ysaÿe’s Solo Sonata No. 6.

Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 6 in E Major was dedicated to Spanish violinist Manuel Quiroga, the first violinist since Sarasate in 1861 to win a Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatoire (in 1911). His recordings demonstrate a sweet, clean tone, and faultless technique, all of which are required in spades in a violinist is to perform this sonata. Inspired by Spanish dances like the habanera and tango, the sonata is notable for its rich texture, chromaticism and stepwise passages. It is a one-movement work, but nonetheless includes such varied expressive indications as "dolce", "grazioso", "lusingando", "commodo", "calando," and "teneramente".

Recognized as one of the leading violinist of his generation, Gyorgy Pauk was born in Budapest, Hungary, and received his musical education at the renowned Franz Liszt Academy. He retired from the podium in 2008 after over more than 5 decades, playing his farewell concert in Budapest with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer. Gyorgy Pauk is now professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he conducts a “Performers Class“ of selected young talents from all over the world. He regularly visits the US, where he is giving master classes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oberlin College Ohio and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. His guest master classes have included visits at Curtis, Peabody, Yale, Cleveland, Oberlin, Manhattan Schools, as well as schools in China, Japan and Israel and all over Europe. Gyorgy Pauk has received several public honors in Britain and Hungary. He is also Professor Emeritus of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Gyorgy Pauk plays on a Massart Stradivarius dating to 1714, the legendary violinmaker’s Golden Period.

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