(when he was 21 years old he changed his surname to the more Hungarian-sounding
HUBAY) was born on 15th September 1858 at Pest (now Budapest). He studied
violin first with his father, Karoly Huber (1828-1885) leader and conductor
of the orchestra at the National Theatre, and violin professor of the National
Conservatorium. From the autumn of 1873 Hubay condinued his studies in
Berlin, with the most distinguished violin teacher of the period, Joseph
Joachim. In the spring of 1876 he completed his studies and returned to
Hungary. Here became friendly with Franz Liszt, and gave together many
performances of the 12th Rhapsody and Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.
In May 1878 Hubay travelled to Paris on Liszt’s advice, and was soon to be a favourite guest in the musical salons of the city. In the next years he made successful concert tours in France, England, Belgium, the Netherlands and Hungary. Soon after he arrived in Paris he got to know Henri Vieuxtemps who saw in the young Hungarian the continuation of his own artistry. Vieuxtemps suggested Hubay as Professor of Violin at the Brussels Conservatoire, a post which he himself and more recently Wieniawski had held. In 8th February 1882 the Belgian King appointed Hubay to one of Europe’s most important musical posts.
Hubay spent four and a half years there, returning in the summer of 1886 to Hungary at the request of the Minister of Education to take up the post as head of the violin school in the Budapest Acadamy of Music. He settled in Budapest, and exchanged his life as a travelling virtuoso for that of composer and leading personality in the musical life of Hungary. From 1919 to 1934 he was the Director of the Budapest Acadamy of Music.
Here he created one of the world’s leading violin schools. After the turn of the century the first exeptional talents to emerge were Stefi Geyer, Ferenc Vecsey and Jozsef Szigeti, to be followed by Emil Telmanyi, Eddy Brown, Jelly Aranyi, Jeno Ormandy, Janos Koncz, Istvan Partos, Erna Rubinstein, Zoltan Szekely, Ede Zathureczky, Endre Gertler and Wanda Luzzato. Similarly, a long line of string quartets, such as the Waldbauer-Kerpely, the Hauser-Son, the Lener, the Roth and the Vegh, emerged from Hubay’s department.
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