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Monday November 8, 2010

MARTA HIDY On November 4th, 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. She played in the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, led a prize-winning string quartet in the1950 Prague International Chamber Music Competition, was a winner in the International Wienawski Violin Competition in Poland, and was a Hungarian State Soloist appearing with orchestras in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Romania. Hidy emigrated to Winnipeg serving 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. Hidy went to Hamilton 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. She also served as artistic director of the Philharmonic Children's School. In 1973 she formed the Hidy-Ozolins-Tsutsumi Trio which performed throughout Ontario and on the CBC. In 1974 she formed the Ensemble Sir Ernest MacMillan. From 1977-79 she was the conductor of the Chamber Players of Toronto. In 1978 Hidy founded Trio Canada with cellist Zdenek Konicek and pianist Valerie Tryon and was the founding member of the McMaster String Quartet. Hidy maintained a significant solo career.With pianists such as Arthur Ozolins and Valerie Tryon she gave many recitals in public and for CBC radio and Television. After her Toronto debut The 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, the Times critic wrote 'Their performance of the Debussy Sonata was one of the most distinguished I have heard.' Hidy has appeared as concerto soloist with the Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina Symphony Orchestras and the Hamilton Philharmonic. She appeared as a soloist across North America, New Zealand, Hungary, Japan, China and Hong Kong. Hidy was awarded the Medal of Honour of the Republic of Hungary in March, 1993. In partnership with McMaster university, Hidy started a chamber music series Marta Hidy and Friends, retiring in 2003. Marta Hidy will be sorely missed by her adoring family, friends, colleagues, students and by all those touched by the beauty 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 11th 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 12th at 11 a.m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre and reception at the Parish Hall.

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