SAD NEWS | Hungarian Violin Ergonomics Author Kató Havas Has Died – Aged 98

Respected Hungarian violinist, pedagogue and string-playing ergonomics author Kató Havas has passed away - aged 98

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Kató Havas

Respected Hungarian violinist, pedagogue and string-playing ergonomics author Kató Havas has passed away – aged 98.

A graduate of the Budapest Royal Academy where she studied with Imre Waldbauer, Ms Harvas is best known for her 1961 pedagogical book A New Approach on the Causes and Cures of Physical Injuries in Violin and Viola Playing – which addressed string playing ergonomics, natural positioning, the release of tension, injury prevention and the prevention of anxiety and stage fright during performance.

She was a former recipient of the American String Teachers Association’s Isaac Stern International Award – and in 2013 was presented a Lifelong Achievement Award by the European Teachers’ Association.

Our condolences are with Ms Harvas’ family, friends, colleagues and students.

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