Aug 5 - 11 2019
About Sándor Jávorkai
Bank Austria Artist of the Year 2009
Sándor Jávorkai is an Hungarian violinist, concert master and – together with his brother cellist Ádám Jávorkai – Artist of the Year 2009. This exceptional artist received his first violin instructions from his father and studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He is winner of many international competitions and awards such as: Herbert von Karajan Scholarship, Emil Vajda Competition, János Koncz Violin Competition, Carl Flesch Violin Competition, Pablo de Sarasate Violin Competitionand others. He played under the baton of Mariss Jansons and Marcello Viotti together with the International Orchestra Institute Attergau, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Europe Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. Concert travels have led Jávorkai throughout the globe and important concert halls such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Konzerthaus or the Luxembourg Philharmonic. Together with his brother, cellist Adam Jávorkai, he recorded the Brahms Double Concerto and Camille Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo capriccioso with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Adam Medveczky.
Sándor Jávorkai Born in Győr, Hungary in violinist Sándor Jávorkai received his first violin instructions at the age of three from his father and already performed in public at the age of five. He first studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest under Prof. Ferenc Halasz and subsequently transferred to the class of Prof. Michael Frischenschlager at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, where he graduated with distinction in 2004. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in musicology in Vienna. He has participated in master classes with internationally renowned artists, including Isaac Stern, Tibor Varga and Vladimir Spivakov, as well as György Pauk, Lorand Fenyves, Stefan Ruha, Ferenc Rados and Vera Vaidman.
As concert master, Sándor Jávorkai has played under the baton of Mariss Jansons and Marcello Viotti at the International Orchestra Institute Attergau, under the patronage of the Vienna Philharmonic. In addition, in 2008 he performed as concert master and soloist with the Europe Philharmonic.
As a soloist, he has concertized with renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Sinfoniet-ta Baden, the Tonkunstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Philharmonic, the Győr Philharmonic, the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra and the Debrecen Symphony Orchestra.
Concert travels have led Jávorkai throughout Hungary, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Austria, Greece, England, Turkey, Japan, Malta, Tunisia, Norway, Egypt, Russia. Rumania and Israel. Regular recordings for the Hungarian radio station Radio Bartók, the Austrian radio station Ö1, the Viennese classical station Radio Stephansdom and Polish radio demonstrate the young violinist’s variegated artistic activities. Sándor Jávorkai has performed at important concert halls such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Sava-Centar in Belgrade, in the “Forbidden City” in Beijing, the Warsaw Philharmonic and Opera City in Tokyo. He has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Spring Festival in Budapest and at the Spring in Russia Festival in Moscow. Sándor Jávorkai performed to great success at a gala concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus with Roby Lakatos, Rolando Villazón, Julius Drake, Michel Camilo and other well-known musicians.
His rendition of Niccolo Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto in E-flat major, Op. 6 was received very positively in the Magdeburg Volksstimme: “Sándor Jávorkai played in a technically very secure manner with many fine nuances. His playing was varied and rich in ideas. The soloist’s intensive tone production in the middle movement was convincing. The audience was so taken by Jávorkai’s playing that they could not contain themselves and applauded already after the first movement.”
Together with his brother, cellist Ádám Jávorkai, he recorded the Brahms Double Concerto and Camille Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo capriccioso with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Adam Medveczky.
Sándor Jávorkai was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Center in Vienna. The exceptional talent’s deep musicality and effortless virtuosic violin playing has been distinguished exclusively with first prizes in numerous international competitions: 1990-1994: consecutive first prizes at the Emil Vajda String Instrument Competition in Hungary; 1992: 1st prize at the János Koncz Violin Competition in Hungary; 1993: 1st prize and special prize at the International Carl Flesch Violin Competition in Hungary; 1999: special prize at the International Pablo de Sarasate Violin Competition in Pamplona, Spain; 2000: 1st prize and special prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece; 2003: together with his brother Ádám Jávorkai, 1st place at Kodály Competition in Semmering, Austria; 2009: together with Ádám Jávorkai, named Artist of the Year by Jeunesse and Bank Austria.