While in my twenties, I had the opportunity to study with Dr. Béla Böszörményi–Nagy, a Hungarian-born pianist who combined distinguished careers in both teaching and performing since his arrival in America. Dr. Nagy taught in the U.S. and Canada for more than 50 years.
Music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them.
Born in 1912 in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary, one of his first teachers was István Thoman. At the Liszt Academy in Hungary, he studied piano with Imre Keeri–Szanto and Ernö Dohnanyi, composition with Zoltan Kodaly, and chamber music with Leo Weiner.
A winner of the coveted Liszt Prize for three consecutive years, his first teaching assignment was at the Liszt Academy. After 9 successful years there, Dr. Nagy accepted a position at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada. Other appointments followed, including Artist in Residence and Professor of Piano at Indiana University, Boston University, North Carolina School for the Arts, and The Catholic University of America.
Text supplied by Dr. Linda Jiorle-Nagy