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Cellist János Devich passed away

In his 80th year of age cellist, music teacher and professor emeritus of Franz Liszt Academy of Music János Devich died on 27 September. He was an outstanding figure in Hungarian cultural and musical life. MMA regards his death as losing one of its own.
The main facts of his life and oeuvre:
Born in 1938 in Szeged, Hungary
Studies: Béla Bartók Secondary Grammar and Technical School of Music, Budapest, Hungary – cello, teacher: Sándor Sebestyén
1957-1962: The Liszt Academy of Music – cello, teacher: Antal Friss
1963: Accademia de Santa Cecilia, Rome - Enrico Mainardi
Teaching activity:
Teacher at the Liszt Academy of Music since 1985, rector's consultant since 2005
Guest lecturer, master courses:
1985-1990 Music Camp in Pécs – Master courses in chamber music
1986: Weikersheim, Germany
1991: Blonay (organized by the Hindemith Foundation)
1996: Estoril, Portugal
Major concerts:
1985-1991: Soloist of the Hungarian National Philharmonic
Since 1971, as member of the Kodály String Quartet: concerts on a regular basis in Hungary, almost every European country, South America, USA, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea
Festivals:
Besancon, Bath, Estoril, Prague, Warsaw, Babylon, Como, Chamonix, Amiens, Devon, etc. Hossam Mahmoud
Orchestras:
1961-1975: Hungarian State Opera House, member of the orchestra, principal (1975-1985)
1966-1997: Kodály String Quartet (at the formation called Sebestyén String Quartet, changed its name to Kodály String Quartet in 1970)
Recordings:
Records: Every string quartet by Haydn; string quartets by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Kodály and Dohnányi; piano quintets by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Bartók (collaborator: Jenő Jandó); clarinet quintets by Mozart, Weber and Brahms (collaborator: Béla Kovács); works of contemporary Hungarian composers
Awards and decorations:
1970: Ferenc Liszt-Prize
1990: Artist of Merit of the Hungarian Republic
1994: The Award for Best Recording, London
1996: Bartók-Pásztory Prize
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