Obituaries & Death Notices
Published:Nov 08, 2010
Event Date:Nov 04, 2010
HIDY, Marta On November 4, 2010 Marta Hidy’s soul left her body peacefully in the presence of her family. Violinist, teacher, conductor, Marta Hidy studied at the Franz Liszt Academy with Ede Zathureczky, Leo Weiner and Zoltan Kodály. In 1943 she won the Reményi Competition for the Academy’s eminent violin student. She subsequently played in the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, led a prize-winning string quartet in the 1950 Prague International Chamber Music Competition, was a winner in the 1952 International Wienawski Violin Competition in Poland, and was a Hungarian State Soloist from 1953-57 during which time she appeared with orchestras in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Romania. Marta Hidy emigrated to Canada with her musician husband Antal Dvorák and her two children in 1957. Settling in Winnipeg she served as concertmaster of the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra and as associate concertmaster of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She formed the Hidy Trio with cellist Klara Benjamin Belkin and pianist Chester Duncan. Marta Hidy went to Hamilton Ontario in 1965 to become one of the founding professors of the Faculty of Music at McMaster University and as concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra until 1974. She also served as artistic director of the Philharmonic Children’s School. In 1973 with Arthur Ozolins and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi she formed their piano trio which performed throughout Ontario and on the CBC. In 1974 with 11 strings from the Hamilton Philharmonic she formed the chamber group ‘Ensemble Sir Ernest MacMillan’. From 1977-79 she was the conductor of the Chamber Players of Toronto. In 1978 Marta Hidy founded Trio Canada with cellist Zdenek Konicek and pianist Valerie Tryon and she was the founding member of the McMaster String Quartet. Marta Hidy maintained a significant solo career. With the pianists Ada Bronstein, Chester Duncan, Leo Barkin, Arthur Ozolins, Antonin Kubalek and Valerie Tryon she gave many recitals in public and for CBC radio and Television. She gave the premiere of Eckhardt-Grammate’s ‘Suite IV, for Solo Violin’, a work commissioned for Hidy by the CBC at the inaugural concert in Toronto and Hugh Hartwell’s ‘Waltz Inventions’ in Hamilton. Marta Hidy made her Toronto debut on April 11, 1962 and Globe and Mail’s John Kraglund wrote: ‘the greatest technical demands were never allowed to interfere with the musicality of the interpretation.’ After her London debut at Wigmore Hall, with pianist Geoffrey Parsons, the Times critic wrote “Their performance of the Debussy Sonata was one of the most distinguished I have heard.” Marta Hidy has appeared as concerto soloist with the Toronto Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Regina Symphony Orchestra. In addition to giving concerts in North America, Marta Hidy has appeared as a soloist in New Zealand, Hungary, Japan, China and Hong Kong. Marta Hidy’s performances of the works of Hungarian composers in Canada and around the world earned her the recognition of the Hungarian government as a cultural ambassador. She was awarded the Medal of Honour of the Republic of Hungary in March, 1993. Following her retirement from McMaster University in 1992 she was named Professor Emeritus. In partnership with the university in 1993 Marta Hidy started a chamber music series Marta Hidy and Friends. At their last concert on March 30th 2003 Marta Hidy retired from the concert stage. Marta Hidy will be sorely missed by her adoring family, friends, colleagues, students and by all those touched by the beauty, artistry and genius of her music-making. Her violin was her soul’s messenger and it made the world a better place. Visitation will be held at the Friscolanti Funeral Chapel, 43 Barton Street East, Hamilton on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Hungarian Roman Catholic Church, 130 Barton Street East Hamilton, on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. A Memorial Concert Celebration of Marta Hidy’s life will be planned and advertised at a later time.
Category: Obituaries & Death Notices
Newspaper(s): Hamilton Spectator
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