Szigeti, Joseph

BORN 5 Sep 1892, Budapest - DIED 20 Feb 1973, Luzern
BIRTH NAME Singer, József
GRAVE LOCATION Clarens, Vaud: Cimetičre

Joseph Szigeti took violin lessons when he was six years old and he was so talented that he was immediately admitted to the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. There he was taught by Jenö Hubay, who had a class of 'prodigal children'. In 1913 he debuted in Berlin. He toured in England and met the pianist Busoni, who became his mentor.

After he fell ill from tuberculosis he was treated in Davos, where he met Béla Bartók, who was also treated there. They became friends. In 1917 he became a professor at the Conservatory in Geneva. In 1925 he first visited the USA and in the following years he travelled all over the world.

In 1939 he emigrated to the USA and in 1951 he became an American citizen. Arthritis in his hands ended his career in 1960 and he returned to Switzerland, where he died in Luzern.

Related persons
• was a friend of Bartók, Béla
• was a friend of Busoni, Ferrucio


The grave of Joseph Szigeti at the cemetery in Clarens, Vaud.
Picture by Androom (05 Dec 2007)


• Adler, Josef, Handbuch der Grabstätten, 2. Band, Die Grabstätte der Europäer, Deutsches Kunstverlag, München, 1986
Wikipedia (EN):

Szokoll, Carl

Published: 16 Dec 2007
Last update: 16 May 2020