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Johanna Martzy


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Born: October 26, 1924 - Timisoara, Transylvania
Died: August 13, 1979 - Glarus, Switzerland
The Hungarian violinist, Johanna, Martzy, received instruction from Jenö Hubay before entering the Budapest Academy of Music at age 10. She made her debut in Budapest when she was 13, and graduated from the Academy in 1942.
After winning 1st prize in the Geneva Competition in 1947, Johanna, Martzy toured widely; first played in England in 1953 and in the USA in 1957. She acquired a fille reputation as a soloist and chamber music artist.

Johanna Martzy passed away from cancer in 1979 almost unnoticed - particularly in the USA, where she had performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the late 1950’s but thereafter was an unobtrusive visitor to North America. Though only 54 when she died, she hadn’t recorded commercially in decades. Her period in the limelight was brief; her dénouement was long…

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