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Jenö Hubay (Eugen Huber)

Birthplace: Pest, Hungary
Death: March 12, 1937 (78)
Budpest, Hungary
Immediate Family:

Son of Karoly Huber Hubay de Szalatna and Lujza Szevera
Husband of Róza Hubay, Countess
Father of László Hubay Cebrián; Andor Hubay Cebrian and Private
Brother of Paula Hubay (Huber); Lujza Hubay (Huber) and Karoly Hubay (Huber) dr.

Occupation: hegedűművész, magyar zeneszerző és pedagógus. 1921-ben az MTA tiszteleti tagjává választották
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About Jenö Hubay

He was world famous Hungarian violinist, composer, who as a teacher founded the modern Hungarian school of violin playing, and for half a century was leading personality of the Hungarian musical life.

Eugen Huber was born into a German family of musicians in Pest, Hungary. He adopted the Hungarian version of his name, Jenő Hubay, in his twenties, while living in the French-speaking world.

Hubay was trained in violin and music by his father, Karl, concertmaster of the Hungarian National Opera House and a teacher at the Budapest College of Music. Hubay gave his début public performance playing a concerto at the age of eleven.

At the age of thirteen, Hubay began his studies in Berlin. He remained there for five years, receiving instruction from Joseph Joachim. In 1878, following the advice of Franz Liszt, he made his début in Paris, which was a great success. Sitting in the audience was Henri Vieuxtemps, with whom Hubay formed an intimate friendship and from whom he received instruction.

In 1882 Hubay was employed at the Brussels music institute as the head of the department of violin studies. Returning to Hungary in 1886, he succeeded his father as head of the Liszt Academy. That same year, he established the Budapest Quartet with fellow teacher, cellist David Popper.


In May 1878 Hubay travelled to Paris on Liszt’s advice, and was soon to be a favourite guest in the musical salons of the city. In the next years he made successful concert tours in France, England, Belgium, the Netherlands and Hungary. Soon after he arrived in Paris he got to know Henri Vieuxtemps who saw in the young Hungarian the continuation of his own artistry. Vieuxtemps suggested Hubay as Professor of Violin at the Brussels Conservatoire, a post which he himself and more recently Wieniawski had held. In 8th February 1882 the Belgian King appointed Hubay to one of Europe’s most important musical posts.

Hubay spent four and a half years there, returning in the summer of 1886 to Hungary at the request of the Minister of Education to take up the post as head of the violin school in the Budapest Acadamy of Music. He settled in Budapest, and exchanged his life as a travelling virtuoso for that of composer and leading personality in the musical life of Hungary. From 1919 to 1934 he was the Director of the Budapest Acadamy of Music.

Here he created one of the world’s leading violin schools. After the turn of the century the first exeptional talents to emerge were Stefi Geyer, Ferenc Vecsey and Jozsef Szigeti, to be followed by Emil Telmanyi, Eddy Brown, Jelly Aranyi, Jeno Ormandy, Janos Koncz, Istvan Partos, Erna Rubinstein, Zoltan Szekely, Ede Zathureczky, Endre Gertler and Wanda Luzzato. Similarly, a long line of string quartets, such as the Waldbauer-Kerpely, the Hauser-Son, the Lener, the Roth and the Vegh, emerged from Hubay’s department.


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Jenö Hubay's Timeline

September 15, 1858
Pest, Hungary
Age 36
Age 39
March 12, 1937
Age 78
Budpest, Hungary