László Dénes

Several generations of violin teachers have used his sheet music and pedagogical experiences in their teaching. He has helped numerous students to obtain their degrees in violin teaching and start a career in education or music.

The majority of young violinists who studied with Mr. Dénes often astonish national and international audiences with their influential performances. He has helped many Romani talents to reach an artistic level and believes that they have a special gift, something unique when it comes to music. His students include such spectacular musicians as Vilmos Oláh, Antal Szalai or Sándor Fehér, who lost his life in the Costa Concordia shipwreck.

László Dénes was born in Budapest, on the 24th of October, 1935. Between 1946 and 1950, he studied under Dezső Rados in the National Music School. From 1950 to 1954, he was the student of Ágnes E. Rozgonyi; and between 1954 and 1957, he was trained to become a violin teacher under Mária Zipernovszky, in the Béla Bartók Conservatory.
In 1959, he obtained his degree in violin and music teaching. From the beginning of his career, he has always put an emphasis on musical education. This is partly why he became the co-founder and member of the editorial board of Parlando, a journal on musical education, in which he has published several outstanding papers.  He was headteacher at the Association of Music Schools in Budapest between 1958 and 1969, as well as at the Budapest 6th District State Music School (known today as Tóth Aladár Music School) from 1969. 

He published his first paper on musical education in 1964; then, in cooperation with 3 of his colleagues, he published 6 volumes of education material for violinists, which have been published in several foreign countries as well.

In 1972, he started teaching at the Violin Faculty of the Béla Bartók Conservatory. In 1973, he became the violin methodology teacher at the Budapest Faculty of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. In 1993 he became associate professor and head of department at the Academy, up until his retirement. He was co-founder of the national János Koncz Violin Competition. One of his biggest accomplishments – apart from educating several talented young musicians – was when the world-famous Yehudi Menuhin wrote a recommendation for his music sheet titled Hegedű ABC (Violin Alphabet).

In 2003, following the initiative of Vilmos Oláh, one of his outstanding students, a newly founded music school in Bangkok was named after him. This is the Dénes International Music Academy, where a Hungarian musical curriculum is being used.

Mr. Dénes has always assumed an active role in the work and management of the National Music Teachers' Department and the Hungarian Music Teachers Association. He was chairman of the latter one for several years, and led the violin teaching section of the professional associations. He was one of the initiators of the János Koncz Violin Competition in Szombathely, and has overseen the musical education in Budapest for decades. He is one of those rare Hungarian music teachers, who have worked in all three musical education fields at the same time, with extraordinary results.
 

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