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Distinguished Service Award 2014 - Abel Nagytothy-Toth
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Ábel Nagytóthy-Tóth was born in Hidvég/Haghig, Transylvania (present time Romania) into a musical family. His father was an accomplished violinist and pianist, and for a period of time, his mother was a concert pianist. While he studied piano and violin throughout his youth, he was self-taught as a guitarist.

While studying law in Paris, Nagytóthy-Tóth befriended Narciso Yepes, who had been studying at the Beaux Art in Paris. Later Nagytóthy-Tóth moved to Madrid often attended concerts by Regino Sainz de la Maza and studied musical esthetics with Joaquín Rodrigo.

In 1951, Nagytóthy-Tóth came from Portugal to Montréal, Canada, where he founded a Collegium Musicum. After becoming an established performer, he made his Carnegie Hall début in 1958. Throughout his career, Nagytóthy-Tóth has been a prolific editor of lute and guitar music. He has compiled information on over 41,000 compositions, and edited/published over 800 compositions for the guitar and lute with vpmusicmedia.

Nagytóthy-Tóth was a founding director of the Guitar Foundation of America in 1973.  He has been a frequent lecturer at conventions and festivals, adjudicated at numerous international guitar competitions, and has consistently published he scholarship in various music journals. As a teacher he taught for several years at Concordia University in Montreal, St. Laurent College, and has given master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory (China). 

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