Balint Vazsonyi Collection
Vazsonyi was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 7, 1936. He began his piano
studies early at the Liszt Music Academy and the Vienna Academy of Music. Later,
he immigrated to the U.S. and continued his studies under Ernst von Dohnanyi at
Florida State University. Vazsonyi has toured the U.S. and Europe, as well as
making numerous television and radio appearances. His recordings were issued on
the Vox, Pye, and Genesis labels. Vazsonyi was also deeply interested in
political science and wrote extensively on that subject for The Washington Times
and elsewhere. He died in January 2003.
A separate, highly significant portion of the Vazsonyi Collection consists of
materials that he gathered relating to the life and career of his teacher,
Dohnanyi. Many of these unique documents, the majority in the Hungarian
language, were used by Vazsonyi while preparing his biography of Dohnanyi.
The Vazsonyi collection arrived at IPAM in May 2003 and processing of it has
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