Ferenc Illenyi, violin, is a native of Hungary where his first teacher was his father, a violinist with the Hungarian State Opera. He made his debut in Budapest performing the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos. He has performed recitals in Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the United States, and has recorded works by Paganini, Saint-Saens and Schubert for Hungarian radio and television.
Illenyi has a master’s degree in music from the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and has done graduate work at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the University of Houston‚ Moores School of Music. Illenyi has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 1991.