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Jozsef Eotvos was born in Pécs in 1962. He graduated at the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar. He regularly gives concerts in several countries of the world.
He is a regular jury member of international guitar competitions and the artistic leader of the Balatonfured International Guitar Festival. He is a founder of the Eotvos Music Foundation, supporting the talented young hungarian musicians. In his concerts, besides his own masterpieces and arrangements, the popularization of 20th century and contemporary Hungarian music plays an important role. (Among others: the works of Barna Kovats, Ferenc Farkas, Mate Hollos and Ivan Madarasz.)
His arrangements are musical curiosities which are played on this instrument only by him in the world. His arrangement of Bach´s Goldberg Variations is regarded by critics as the arrangement of the century.
His compositions, which are written on the guitar and other instruments as well, are also published, such as the Willow Variations (Editions Orphée, Columbus Ohio 1991), the Five Aphorisms (Trekel Verlag, Hamburg 1997) and the Featherlets (Trekel Verlag, Hamburg 2000). His book titled "Thoughts On J. S. Bach´s Music And The Performance Of His Lute Works" was published by the University of Pécs in 2006. (English version: How to Play Bach - 2013)
He has been a professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest since 2002 and he was the first in Hungary to establish a guitar faculty at a university level.
In 2002 and 2010 he was given two Artisjus Awards for the introduction and popularization of hungarian contemporary music and he was awarded with the Franz Liszt Award in 2004 in recognition of his life work.