George Fazakas
George Fazakas
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+27 18 299-1708
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Conservatory (Building K1), Room 128


György Sándor Fazakas was born in 1955 at Miscolc, Hungary. He started music studies at age 6 with his father. In 1964 the whole family moved from Germany to South Africa. His father was principal tuba of the Philharmonica Hungarica and PACT Orchestra. George continued his music studies in South Africa with Prof Anton Kratz, Prof Leo Quayle, Joyce Joubert and Fred Poetsch. He completed his schooling at Pretoria Boys High in 1971 with music as a major and also completed Grade 8 (Royal Schools) in Piano. He started with the flute at age 18 and received lessons from André Salm, Jean Blanjé, Peter Baird and Amos Eisenberg. He also participated in flute master classes with James Galway, William Bennett, Susan Milan, Trevor Wye, Shigenuro Kudo, Marc Grauwels, Raffaele Trevisani, Ingrid Hasse, Hermann Klemeyer and Marlene Verwey.

In 1975 George joined the South African Army Band and achieved the rank of 1st Class Musician, principal flute and piccolo. In 1981 he received Teacher’s Licentiates in flute from Unisa and Trinity College, London. He has also played with the SABC, PACT, Pro Musica, and National Chamber orchestras as an extra flute/piccolo. He received various Eisteddfod diplomas and studied music at UNISA. In 1983 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Trinity College of Music. He is also a member of the South African Flute Association (FLUFSA) and Canadian Flute Association.

He was appointed as lecturer in flute at the School of Music, North-West University in 1982 and has been there since.

Since 1990 he has been a member of Musique Romantica (quartet of flute, violin, cello and keyboard) with 2 CD recordings, and Meloduo (flute & harp) since 2000 with 2 CD contributions. He has also recorded with the Potchefstroom Men’s Choir (2 CD recordings) and Matlosane City Choir (2 CD recordings). He also contributed flute descant to two songs, Flying Free and A Prayer for Tomorrow, on Potchefstroom Girls' High's recording "The High School for Girls Potchefstroom presents Gloria ".

George was also a member of the orchestral ensemble with the world première of Requiem (2007), Gloria (2008) and Magnificat (2009) composed by Hester van der Westhuizen, as well as playing on the CD and DVD recordings. He also recorded a CD and DVD of the Missa Criolla with the NWU Choir and Amanda Strydom (which has been broadcast numerous times on KYKNET), as well as Carnival of the Animals (part of chamber orchestra) with narrator Philip de Vos, and recordings with several popular South African musicians, including Anton Goosen and Marius Brouwer.

George is a member of the NWU Wind Ensemble and plays as an extra in the NWU Youth Orchestra and NWU-PUK Symphony Orchestra.

George has premiered at least one new South African composition for the last several years in the annual SA Music Concert. In 2012 he premiered and recorded the flute solo Visions d’esquisses par temps de neige, Op. 5 by Jaco Meyer, and in 2013 premiered and recorded the Sonata for Solo Flute by the composer Martin Watt. In 2014 three new works were premiered and recorded: Mauro Zannoli’s Boreas Blow for Flute and Electronics, Jaco Meyer’s 12 Diskante vir Liedere uit die Liedboek van die Kerk for flute and organ, and Une dédicace musicale grande flûte solo.

George has also adjudicated several music festivals over the past five years namely Vereeniging Music Eisteddfod, Heidelberg Eisteddfod, Klerksdorp Eisteddfod and Lichtenburg Musiekfees.

In 2017 he received the 35 years long service certificate from the North-West University and 35 years long service certificate from Hoërskool Gimnasium in 2018.

George also composes in his spare time and has had numerous chamber works performed including a musical and a ballet. He is married to Alexandra and has two children, Michael and Bianca and three grandchildren, Caide, Adrian and Clarissa.