AHF Cultural News: Violinist Vasile Béluska
Vasile Beluska, Professor of Violin, Bowling Green State University performs at the 6th Annual Hungarian Charity Ball in Washington, DC.... Transylvanian-born violinist Vasile Béluska graduated with honors from the School of Music and the G. Dima Music Conservatory in Kolozsvár, (Cluj) now in Rumania. He earned a Master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and later became a member of the Class of Jascha Heifetz in Los Angeles.
Beluska has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico with several chamber ensembles including the International Trio, American Arts Trio, as part of the Mozart Fortepiano Duo and with the Guarneri Duo. He has recorded for public television and radio in Iowa, California, Wisconsin, Ohio and New York. Chamber music performances include appearances at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Chautauqua Institution, and the California Music Center.
Vasile Beluska successfully mixes his active performance schedule with an outstanding academic career. Currently serving as Professor of Violin in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, he has also taught in Rumania and at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin and at summer festivals throughout the U.S., including 15 years at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. The recipient of distinguished teaching awards, his students have been prize winners in numerous competitions. Many students have also been awarded scholarships for further study to institutions around the United States. His students have also won positions with major U.S. orchestras.
He received the "Award for National Service" from the American Hungarian Federation at the American Hungarian Federation Gala in New Jersey in 2005 in support Father Csaba Bojte and the Hungarian Schools in the Csango Region. Professor Beluska, who serves as Cultural Advisor for the AHF, also performed at the event. Prof. Beluska was also honored with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor (the second AHF member to be so honored. Former AHF President Stefan Fedor was the first) for his help of other musicians from Eastern Europe come to the U.S. and develop their own careers. Both in the U.S. and Europe, countless students and others have benefited from his generosity, service and talents. With his family at his side, Beluska received the Medal of Honor on May 10, 2008 on that small outcropping in New York Harbor that symbolizes the journey and the arrival of so many seeking freedom and a chance to make something of their lives.Professor Beluska is a frequent lecturer on a new approach to pedagogy, “Talent Development”. He has presented lectures at national and international conferences and at universities throughout the United States and Europe. He released a new CD in 2010, “Bridges, A Journey Through East European Music,” which is available on AHF's Amazon Store!
Visit his official site at www.beluska.com
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