was born in 1928 in Hăghig-Hidvég,
Transylvania in what is present-day Romania, by Hungarian father
and Armenian mother.
He studied piano and violin from an early age,
economics in Budapest and the law in Paris. In Madrid he
turned his full attention to the guitar under the tutelage of
Regino Sainz de la Maza and the aesthetics of music with
Nagytothy-Toth came to Montreal, Canada, where
he founded a Collegium Musicum. Establishing himself as both a
soloist and accompanist, he made his New York debut at Carnegie
Recital Hall in 1958.
A founding director of the Guitar Foundation of America, he was a
frequent lecturer at conventions and festivals, judged at numerous
international guitar competitions, and contributed to musical
Multilingual and a conscientious musicologist, he has discovered,
transcribed, edited, and published both lute and guitar chamber
Click here to download a selection
of music for guitar and chamber music with guitar revised and
edited by Abel Nagytothy-Toth.
A lot of
works from his musical archive of originals and adaptations with
guitar or lute in PDF is available at
vp music media website.
For the completion of a bibliography
of the guitar (lute) chamber and orchestral repertoire, he has
collected valuable information on close to 30,000 compositions. This
remarkable compilation, ABEMUSIC the database of the repertoire for
guitar (lute) in chamber music and with orchestra is downloadable at
vp music media.