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
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).