Géza Szilvay

 

Géza Szilvay was born in Budapest in 1943. He studied the violin at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and violin pedagogics at the Budapest Music Academy, where he graduated in 1966. He also studied law and political science at the ELTE University in Budapest and took his Doctor's Degree in 1970.
   Géza Szilvay taught the violin at the East Helsinki Music Institute since 1971, and he was also appointed Principal of the institute. Szilvay was also teacher at the Sibelius Academy from 1978 to 2010. The renowned Helsinki Junior Strings (later the Helsinki Strings) was founded by Géza Szilvay and his brother, cellist Csaba Szilvay in 1972, and together they conducted the orchestra until 2010.
  The Szilvay brothers have gained international recognition both as string pedagogues and as conductors and educators of children’s and youth orchestras. The Colourstrings approach developed by them has gained an international reputation and is now taught all over the world. A large number of Colourstrings institutions – schools, centres and societies – have been established in several countries in order to implement and further this child-centred teaching concept. Distance teaching is widely used: Szilvay gives online video lessons to violin teachers in China, Australia and other countries and videos can be purchased via Minifiddlers. Géza Szilvay has been active throughout years in giving courses and lectures at several international teacher training courses.

   Géza Szilvay has been awarded several times; among the recognitions he has received for his work is e.g. the Culture Prize of Finland, the Hungarian State Award for Cultural Activity, the Pro Musica Award and the International Kodály Prize. He was recently chosen as the president of
ESTA (European String Teachers’ Association), following such predecessors as Max Rostal, Yehudi Menuhin and Bruno Gurianna. 

Colourstrings starter pack #1 and #2

Get the essential first publications and subscription to video lessons for one year! The starter pack #1 contains Minifiddlers videos for 1 year, Colourstrings Violin ABC Book A and Duettini. The starter pack #2 contains Minifiddlers videos for 1 year, Colourstrings Violin ABC Book A and Handbook for Teachers and Parents (new 2018 edition).  
Starter pack #1: 55011-600-9, € 189,30 Buy now  
Starter pack #2: 55011-601-6, € 193,00 Buy now

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Colourstrings

Duettini for two double basses by László Rossa and Bérengère Scheppler brings along chamber music from the very beginning! In these 15 miniature duos the easy first double bass part consists of only open strings and natural harmonics. This part is to be played by the beginner whilst the second part is intended for an advanced pupil or the teacher.
55011-683-2, 26,10 € Buy now

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Volume G of the Colourstrings Violin tutors studies every position of the violin in a separate volume. It offers art-pedagogical material in order to read confidently in the positions, to master the shifting movements and to understand why and when to use a particular position.

G1 – Second position 55011-594-1, € 44,50 Buy now
G2 – Third position 55011-595-8, € 46,50 Buy now
Supplement for Book G2 (Performing pieces in the first three positions) 55011-637-5, € 19,90 Buy now
Piano accompaniments
for G books 55011-646-7, € 46,50 Buy now

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Based on the famous Colourstrings method, Guitar ABC is designed primarily for young beginners as their first introduction to the world of guitar playing. The material can be adapted for teaching children of any age (in groups or individually) and used either on its own or combined with other beginner learning materials. The different elements of music and the music staff are introduced on a simple way. The repertoire is a collection of children’s songs and folksongs from different countries. 55011-603-0, € 42,80 Buy now

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from English-speaking countries

This collection of repertoire books contains Maryan Balkwill's selection of songs from English-speaking nations. These pieces offer inspiring repertoire for young cellists complementing the teaching methods of Csaba Szilvay’s Colourstrings Cello School, but they can also be used independently.
1: Songs without stave (vcl solo) Book A / Book B à 10,20€
2: Pentatonic songs (vcl, pf) Book A / Book B à 12,10€
3: Children's songs (vcl, pf) Book A / Book B à 12,10€
4: Easy Diatonic Songs (vcl, pf) Book A / Book B à 12,10€
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In these miniature duos, the easy first cello part is taken from the A volume of the Colourstrings Violin ABC. The second cello part is intended for an advanced pupil or the teacher. To aid the reading the first cello part appears with child-friendly coloured notation.
55011-503-3, € 25,30 Buy now

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These colourful and illustrative viola tutors are ideally suited for small viola players. A new and expanded edition (2019) of the Book A is better suited for teachers teaching also the violin. In Book B the pupils learn the stopping fingers 1-4 and melodies with two, three, four and five notes. In the C book pupils learn five-note melodies played with slurs, playing on two strings, stopping movement with open string, and string crossing. An extensive appendix provides more learning tools.
Book A (new edition) 55011-252-0, € 25,00 Buy now
Book B: 55011-253-7, € 31,90 Buy now
Book C: 55011-254-4, € 31,90 Buy now

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Duos for Violin and Cello, Vol. 1
21 new and thrilling compositions by László Rossa - an important addition to the Colourstrings materials. 55011-452-4, € 14,50 Buy now
Duos for Violin and Cello, Vol. 7
Vol. 7 "Songs from Various Nations" is an around-the-world trip of 11 new pieces by Rossa. 55011-453-1, € 14,50 Buy now

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New completely revised 2018 version available!
The Handbook for Teachers and Parents guides through books A–F and Yellow Pages I–III, offering expert advice and methodological support to teaching with the Colourstrings® method. 
55011-249-0, € 29,90 Buy now

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These cello exercises complement the Colourstrings Cello ABC method but can also be used independently. They are for bowing, fingers, shifting, intonation, scales, moders, tone quality, vibrato, harmonics etc. 
55011-277-3 € 39,80 Buy now

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This book uses tonic solfa to acquaint small violin students with major and melodic minor scales and major and minor arpeggios, played over one and two octaves. 55011-268-1, € 26,40 Buy now

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Appendix to the Colourstrings Violin ABC Book D
Supplementary pages for the D Book deal with finger patterns, portato, bouncing bow etc.
55011-234-6, € 11,20 Buy now

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42 Mini-studies for violin in order to develop a pitch-sensitive ear and fingers – supplementary material for the Colourstrings Violin ABC Book B.
55011-173-8, € 17,30 Buy now

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for cello
Csaba Szilvay’s edition is a cello fingerboard orientation using an etude by Alfredo Piatti: one bar, one page, one lesson.
55011-157-8, € 16,30 Buy now

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The Colourstrings Cello School changes learning to playful activity with astonishing results.
55009-477-2 (Book A), € 31,90 Buy now
55009-478-9 (Book B), € 40,30  Buy now
55009-479-6  (Book C), € 31,90 Buy now
55009-480-2  (Book D), € 28,40 Buy now
550094819 (Book E), 48,50 Buy now
Book F is in preparation
55009-483-3 (Book G), € 67,20 Buy now

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for violin and piano
This publication paves the way for intimate chamber music and recital playing. The melodies of the violin part are taken from the early volumes of the Colourstrings Violin ABC. 
Violin part 55011-102-8 € 27,30 Buy now
Piano accompaniment 55011-103-5 € 25,30 Buy now

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for two violins 
In these miniature duos, the easy first violin part is taken from the A volume of the Colourstrings Violin ABC. To aid the child’s reading it appears with child-friendly coloured notation. 
979-0-55011-101-1, € 25,30 Buy now

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An extensive 150-page book including piano accompaniments to the Colourstrings Violin School's three Yellow Pages books.
979-0-55011-006-9, € 53,70 Buy now

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An album including easy piano accompaniments to the last parts (E and F) of the Colourstrings Violin ABC.
979-0-55009-642-4, € 47,40 Buy now

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The popular Colourstrings violin tutors are designed for children aged from 4 years and are available in 6 volumes.
979-0-55009-325-6 (Book A) € 31,90 Buy now
979-0-55009-326-3 (Book B) € 31,90 Buy now
979-0-55009-327-0 (Book C) € 31,90 Buy now
979-0-55011-410-4 (Book D - completed and revised edition 2018) € 31,90 Buy now
979-0-55009-543-4 (Book E) € 70,10 Buy now
979-0-55009-544-1 (Book F) € 61,50 Buy now

 

 

 

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Detailed guides including over 100 pages, in six languages. à € 18,50
Finnish (979-0-55009-594-6) Buy now
English NEW VERSION (979-0-55011-249-0) Buy now
French (979-0-55009-598-4) Buy now
Hungarian (979-0-55009-596-0) Buy now
Italian (979-0-55009-597-7) Buy now
German (979-0-55009-569-4) Buy now

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Colourstrings tutor for double bass is designed by Lasse Lagercrantz, who has worked in close collaboration with Géza and Csaba Szilvay and is the specialist double bass tutor of the famous Helsinki Strings junior orchestra.
ISMN 979-0-55009-578-6, € 31,90 Buy now

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Easy Colourstrings concert pieces previously published in separate albums. The piano accompaniment books are available in 3 volumes and both the violin and cello parts are sold separately in 7 volumes.
Piano accompaniment books
: Book 1-2-3: 979-0-55009-554-0 Buy now, Book 4-5: 979-0-55009-570-0 Buy now, Book 6-7: 979-0-55009-555-7 Buy now
Violin parts
: 1: 55009-556-4 Buy now, 2: 55009-557-1 Buy now, 3: 55009-558-8 Buy now, 4: 55009-571-7 Buy now, 5: 55009-572-4 Buy now, 6: 55009-559-5 Buy now, 7: 55009-560-1 Buy now
Cello parts
: 1: 55009-561-8 Buy now, 2: 55009-562-5 Buy now, 3: 55009-563-2 Buy now, 4: 55009-573-1 Buy now, 5: 55009-574-8 Buy now, 6: 55009-564-9 Buy now, 7: 55009-565-6 Buy now

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These violin duos based on folk songs and arranged by László Rossa were designed for the Colourstrings method but can also be used independently. They are designed to give children a taste of the enjoyment of playing together and offer plenty of inspiring material. The duos can also be played by violin groups.
Volume I: 979-55009-303-4, € 12,50 Buy now
Volume II: 979-55009-304-1, € 22,80 Buy now
Volume III: 979-55009-305-8, € 22,80 Buy now

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Easy arrangements and inspiring supplementary material for the Colourstrings method for three violins and cello ad lib. (revised edition).
Book I: 979-0-55009-551-9, € 16,80 Buy now
Book II: 979-0-55009-552-6, € 16,80 Buy now
Book III: 979-0-55009-553-3, € 23,10 Buy now

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The first book introduces major and natural minor scales. The main purpose, in addition to playing the scales, is to learn the names of the notes, to write and to recognize them as well on the staff as on the fingerboard. In the second book pupils become acquainted with chromatically altered tones and with major and natural minor scales based on them.
Book 1: 979-0-55009-588-5, € 14,10 Buy now
Book 2: 979-0-55009-589-2, € 14,10 Buy now

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The three Yellow Pages books offer pedagogical material to violin teachers and their students in order to develop the feeling of pulse, to assist the mastering of all rhythms and their combinations, to help build basic knowledge on ornaments and to create a solid basis for virtuosic bow technique.
1. Basic Rhythms (979-0-55009-545-8), € 65,20 Buy now
2. Basic Rhythms and Ornaments (979-0-55009-640-0), € 65,20 Buy now
3. Basic Bowings (979-0-55009-641-7), € 65,20 Buy now

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