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Katalin Viragh

Artist Teacher of Music Theory

Email: viragh@hartford.edu

Website: www.gaborviragh.com

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Educational background, competitions

The Liszt Music Academy (University) of Budapest, Hungary

The Béla Bartók Conservatory of Budapest, Hungary

Second prize of the International Violin Competition, Czechoslovakia

Four times First Prize Winner of the Hungarian National Violin Competitions

Among her teachers was the famous Russian violinist Semyon Snitkovsky and the outstanding master pedagogue of the Kodály movement, Melinda Kistétényi.

Positions

Artist Teacher of Music Theory at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford / Solfege, Ear Training;

Member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra / Basic-First Violin;

Mrs. Virágh is a frequent guest clinician and lecturer at numerous colleges, universities and school systems throughout the United States.

She is a permanent summer faculty at the following institutions:

Omaha State University in Omaha, NE; Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE; New England Conservatory Boston, MA; Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO; Wichita State University, KS; International Summer Chamber Music Festival at St. Mark’s School, MA;

Former Music Teacher at Miss Porter’s School (Farmington, CT);

Former Violin Teacher at the Community Division of The Hartt School.

Performances

Katalin Viragh has played with excellent professional orchestras from all around Europe, such as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Hungarian National Opera House, Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, Spain, Opera House of Verona, Italy, and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, cooperating with internationally recognized soloist and conductors such as Yo-Yo-Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, Eva Marton, Samuel Ramey, Andrea Bocelli, Jean Pierre Rampal, Maurice Andre, Kung-Wa Chung, Zoltán Kocsis, Jenő Jandó, Andras Schiff, Vladimir Spivakov, Victor Pablo Perez, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Giuseppe Patane, Antal Dorati, and Lamberto Gardelli.

As a studio musician, she has played on numerous movie soundtracks the music of Jerry Goldsmith and others.

Since she moved to United States, Katalin Viragh has performed with Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, and Plymouth Philharmony (MA), and has performed around New England with the Viragh Trio, which she founded, and others.

Viragh has been member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 1993.

Pedagogical Activities, Recordings

As a pedagogue she has a selected number of students in her Private Studio. Recently, as a soloist, she has been performing on CD and DVD Presentations of Summer Faculties of the Kodály Teacher Training Institute at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.

Publications

Katalin Viragh has been the literary advisor and publisher’s reader of the Hungarian edition of H. Klotz’s “The Ornamentation of the Keyboard Works of Johann Sebastian Bach,” published by the Hungarian Instrument Making Guild, MHMC Budapest, 2009, licensed by the Bärenreiter Publishing House, Kassel, Basel, London, Praga, New York in 2007.

"Of course there was another lady there who not only radiated wit, charm, and a hint of sarcasm, but also inspired, intrigued and choreographed the students’ ears to solfeggio. Katalin Viragh taught not only the basic finer points of do, re, mi, but also movement with a sprinkle of entertainment on top. The audience at the closing concert witnessed a display of solfege prowess by all three levels like no other year of the Colorado Kodaly Institute. See, solfege can be fun – and funny!”

-Kendra Abernathy, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, Kodaly Envoy, Vol. 36, No. 2, Winter 2010, Quarterly of the Organization of American Kodály Educators