Monday, February 16, 2009

Mihaly Virizlay

I just learned from the spring 2009 issue of the Peabody Magazine that the great cellist, Mihaly Virizlay, died at the age of 76 in October 2008. It was a great pleasure for me to see Virizlay on stage at the Meyerhoff in his last years with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra -- he played in the BSO from 1964 to 2002 -- and in a performance with student and faculty cellists of Arvo Part's "Fratres" at the Peabody a few years ago. He was also on the Peabody faculty, joining them in 1964.

One of Virizlay's mentors in his native Hungary was the composer Zoltan Kodaly, and he also studied with Janos Starker. Being aware of a connection like that makes one feel witness to a great musical legacy.

Here is a link to a page in honor of Mihaly Virizlay on the Peabody Institute's web site.