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Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1974, JÓZSEF LENDVAY JR. attended Bela Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, where he studied with Miklos Szenthelyi. His recordings include works by Sarasate and Brahms' Hungarian Dances with Iván Fischer. Lendvay has won first prize at the Koln International Violin Competition, the Ferenc Liszt Heritage Award presented by Hungary's Ministry of National Culture, and the Tibor Varga International Violin competition, among others. In 2002 he was awarded the Golden Cross for his musical contributions by the president of the Hungarian Republic. Lendvay plays a 1777 Giovanni Tesstore violin.