Rados Dezső és
Prahács Margit (Fotó:
Győr, 12 April 1891 – Budapest, 17 September 1974
Dezső Rados took up a teaching post at the Fodor Music School in 1920. Each year several of his talented pupils gained places at the Music Academy and the National Conservatory. As it appears from a letter of recommendation kept in the Bartók Archive, the success of his pedagogical method was noted by Béla Bartók as well. In 1940 he was appointed director of the Goldmark Music School. During the Second World War he played a decisive role in the creation of organised music teaching for students of Jewish origin, excluded from the official school system. From 1945 for two years he taught at the National Conservatory, and then in 1947 he returned to his alma mater as professor of the violin department of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. He retired in 1959, but – as specialist in didactics and methodology – he carried on teaching.
The violin studio led by him, which undertook the further training in methology of teachers possessing artist-teacher or violin teacher diplomas, began functioning in the 1966/67 academic year within the framework of the violin department. At the launch of the studio Dezső Rados gave an interview to the journal, Muzsika (Music), in which he summarized his artistic and pedagogical beliefs. "Modern violin literature, but in general, the modern approach to the art of violin playing, demands deeper analytic knowledge from the artist, greater theoretical, aesthetic and also music historical knowledge (….) The methodology deals with how the bow should be held, with shift, ornamentation, types of bowing, vibrato, fingering, and perhaps primarily with tone, that is, the formation of sounds. This latter is one of the prime requisites for good violin playing. The most important factor in the success of the Budapest school was the fact that the masters taught the most modern instrumental techniques developed in the western schools at that time, and built on achieving a romantic sound learned from the great gypsy bandleaders… The style of the great gypsy bandleaders was very well suited to conveying great romanticism, in general great lyricism, heated drama. This style of playing has still not lost its attraction, but the changes in tastes have nonetheless brought many alterations… The violin is the most sensitive instrument, because it is in the most direct contact with the human being. The body of the violin and the bow must be organically connected with the human body."
Dezső Rados died in Budapest, on 17 September 1974, at the age of eighty-four.