Born in 1974 in Budapest, Paganini and Liszt Prize recipient József Lendvay, Jr. entered The Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest at the age of eight. There he was the student of Miklós Szenthelyi, and frequently participated in master classes led by Yehudi Menuhin, Ida Haendel, Igor Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Jaap van Zweden, and Sándor Végh. This outstanding artist has performed with great success beyond his native land, performing in Switzerland, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States. He has received invitations to perform with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, working with such great conductors as Iván Fischer and Sir Simon Rattle, among others.
The artist collaborates frequently with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, appearing as soloist with them on many occasions. He has recorded Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies and Brahms's Hungarian Dances with the ensemble. His 2005 recording "Lendvay and Friends" on the Sony/BMG label, received the Echo Prize--Klassik ohne Grenzen ("Classics without Borders"). He is also a frequent guest at many international festivals.
In addition to the awards cited above, Mr. Lendvay has received many honors for his work and talent, including the Gold Cross awarded by the President of the Hungarian Republic in 2002.
József Lendvay, Jr. made his NSO debut in September 2009, at the Season Opening Ball Concert, conducted by Iván Fischer, when he was Principal Conductor of the NSO.
Mr. Lendvay performs on a 1693 violin by Antonio Stradivari, the "Ex-Ries".
Updated: March 28, 2011