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My name is György, born in 1955 at Miscolc, Hungary. i started music studies at age 5 with my father. In 1964 the whole family moved from Germany to South Africa. My father was principal tuba of the Philharmonica Hungarica and PACT Orchestra. I continued his music studies in South Africa with Prof Anton Kratz, Prof Leo Quayle, Joyce Joubert and Fred Poetsch.

I completed my schooling at Pretoria Boys High in 1971 with music as a major and also completed Grade 8 (Royal Schools) in Piano. I started with the flute at age 18 and received lessons from André Salm, Jean Blanjé, Peter Baird and Amos Eisenberg. I also participated in flute master classes with James Galway, William Bennett, Susan Milan, Trevor Wye, Shigenuro Kudo, Marc Grauwels, Raffaele Trevisani, Ingrid Hasse, Hermann Klemeyer and Marlene Verwey.

In 1975 I joined the South African Army Band and achieved the rank of 1st Class Musician, principal flute and piccolo. In 1981 he received Teacher’s Licentiates in flute from Unisa and Trinity College, London. He has also played with the SABC, PACT, Pro Musica, National Chamber orchestras as an extra flute/piccolo. He received various Eisteddfod diplomas and studied music at UNISA. In 1983 I got awarded the Fellowship of the Trinity College of Music. I am also a member of the South African Flute Association (FLUFSA), Canadian Flute Association and Nederlands Fluit Genootschap.

I was appointed as lecturer in flute at the School of Music, North-West University, and have been there since 1982. Besides that I teach Flute at Gimnasium Musieksentruum since 1983.

For the past 31 years I have been a member of Musique Romantica (quartet of flute, violin, cello and keyboard) with 2 CD recordings and Meloduo 15 years (flute & harp) with 2 CD contributions. He has also recorded with the Potchefstroom Men’s Choir (2 CD recordings) and Matlosane City Choir (2 CD recordings).

I was also a member of the orchestral ensemble with the world première of Requiem (2007); Gloria (2008) and Magnificat (2009) composed by Hester van der Westhuizen, as well as playing on the CD and DVD recordings.

Finally I also recorded a CD and DVD with the Argentinian work Missa Criolla with the NWU Choir and Amanda Strydom( which has been broadcast numerous times on KYKNET- TV Channel); as well as Carnival of the Animals (part of chamber orchestra) with narrator Philip de Vos

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Music master degree
specialized in piano and flute.

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Over 40 years of music teaching experience

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