Kato Havas OBE, born in Hungary, was a child prodigy of the violin. Introduced to
the instrument at the age of five, she gave her first professional recital at seven. Her
compatriot, Emil Telmanyi, was so impressed by her playing that he arranged for her
to study with Imre Waldbauer at the Royal Academy in Budapest, where she received
the traditional virtuoso training. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall at the age
of seventeen and was acclaimed by the critics.
Whereas most child prodigies find a period of retirement essential if they are to
achieve maturity of mind and musicianship, in the case of Kato Havas this happened
quite naturally. She married at eighteen and while bringing up her three daughters
withdrew altogether from professional life. It was during this period of withdrawal,
of standing back as it were, that she evolved her revolutionary method of teaching.
A charismatic teacher, Miss Havas has been invited to lecture at Oxford University,
has given talks and demonstrations on television, as well as a series of lecture
demonstrations in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many European
countries. She has travelled extensively in the United States, giving workshops on
the application of the new approach to violin and viola playing. She was founder
and director of the Purbeck Music Festival in Dorset, the Roehampton Music Festival
in London and the International Festival in Oxford where she is now based and approached
by players from all over the world.
In 1992 the American String Teachers Association conferred upon her its prestigious
International Award in recognition of her “unparalleled achievements” and in 2002
Kato Havas was appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) in theQueen's Birthday
Honours, for services to music.
Her books have long been translated into Chinese, German, Spanish and Swedish. Recently
they have become available in Czech, Hungarian, Japanese, Italian and Dutch.
For 6 or 12 lesson courses with Kato Havas contact The Secretary, 72 Victoria Road,
Oxford OX2 7QE