Szigeti, Joseph

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Birth 1892-09-05
Death 1973-02-19

Biographical notes:

Joseph Szigeti (1892-1973) was an American violinist of Hungarian birth. He studied first with his father, then with Jeno Hubay. He settled in the United States in 1940 and became a citizen in 1951. His true strength was contemporary music, and he often forced concert managers to include contemporary pieces in concert programs. He was friends with Bartok and several other prominent composers, many of whom dedicated works to him. He played a Guarneri violin, and held his bow in the old fashioned way, holding his elbow close to his body.

From the description of Joseph Szigeti collection of performance recordings [sound recording], 1941-1963. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 123527567

American violinist of Hungarian birth.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Geneva Aug. 29 1922, to Herr [Otto] Eckermann, 1922 Aug. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270670431

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : New York Mar. 20 and 20 April 1943, to Mr. [Dannie] Heineman, 1943 Mar. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270670434

From the description of Autograph postal card signed, dated : Gstaad, [2 August 1937], to Miss Norman Cameron in Cheshire, 1937 Aug. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270670428

b Budapest.

Epithet: violinist

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001072.0x000360


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  • Gavottes
  • Sonatas (Violin and piano)
  • Symphonies
  • Concertos (Violin)
  • Rondos (violin)
  • Radio programs--musical
  • Violin music
  • Violin and piano music
  • Violin with orchestra


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  • Westminster, Middlesex (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)