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Éva Tamássy (Flute, Arranger)

Born: Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian-born flutist, Éva Tamássy, received her music education at the Ferenc Erkel Conservatorium and Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, later with famous French flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. She attained the Unisa Performers' Licentiate in Flute with distinction in 1965.

Escaping from Hungary with her parents after the 1956 uprising, Éva Tamássy settled in Johannesburg and soon established herself as broadcaster, recitalist, chamber musician and concerto player with South African symphony orchestras. She has recorded for radio and performed in concert halls with various artists, including all available Baroque works for flute and harpsichord. She gave numerous master-classes in Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Pécs, Hungary and has toured the country's schools, played concerts and gave illustrated talk or promoting music amongst the youth. She she has played and broadcasted with the ensembles Musica Antiqua, Serenade Ensemble, Pro Arte Wind Ensemble, Tamassy-Fortescue Duo, Concerts 4 x 2 , and she compiled and presented a 13 part series for radio called From Shepherd to Symphony. Similar illustrated radio programmes focused on French flute virtuoso and pedagogue Marcel Moyse and on Theobald Boehm, composer and inventor of the modern flute. Several South African composers have written works for her and her students. The Tamassy-Fortescue Duo gave public recitals in Vienna, Budapest, Scotland and France between 1990 and 1996 and was invited for a recital on Radio Budapest.

Eva Tamassy has been lecturing in Flute at the Department of Music, Stellenbosch University, South Africa since 1960, as senior lecturer since 1987. She travels Europe regularly to keep abreast of the newest flute teaching methods, resulting in a high success rate of her students in the best music schools in Germany, France, England and Hungary.

There is another Éva Tamássy (b March 19, 1937 also in Budapest, Hungary), a contralto singer.

Source: Department of Music - Stellenbosch University Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2009)

Éva Tamássy: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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