Finnish born violinist Réka Szilvay, who has Austrian-Hungarian roots, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over Europe, Asia, South America, South Africa and the USA.
She has appeared as a soloist with all major Finnish orchestras, as well as with the London Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Tonkünstler, Orchestra Austria and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
She has worked together with renowned conductors like Ádám Fischer, Mikko Franck, Rumon Gamba, Valeri Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Juha Kangas, Okko Kamu, Fabio Luisi, Sakari Oramo, Libor Pešek, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Hubert Soudant, Osmo Vänskä and Mark Wigglesworth. Performing concerts together with remarkable musicians like Gerhard Schulz, Erich Höbarth, Matthew Barley and Robert Cohen at Salzburger Festspiele, Helsinki Festival and Tampere Chamber Music Festival has enriched her creativity and artistic interpretation.
Together with her Finnish pianist partner Heini Kärkkäinen, she has performed all of Beethoven’s sonatas as a cycle in various concert venues. With her Austrian pianist partner Christoph Berner, she has given recitals at Konzerthaus Wien, Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Cité de la Musique Paris and Musashino Concert Hall Tokyo.
Réka Szilvay also plays regularly on gut strings. She has recorded for the labels Warner Records (Vivaldi, Bach), Alba Records (“Roaring Twenties”: Bartók, Janáček, Schulhoff, Ravel) and Naxos (Schumann).
In 2006, Réka Szilvay was appointed Professor of Violin at the Sibelius Academy/University of the Arts Helsinki. She continues the pedagogical tradition of her professors Géza Szilvay, Tuomas Haapanen, Sándor Végh and Gerhard Schulz. Many of her students are winners and laureates at prestigious competitions. She also has a keen interest in ergonomy in violin playing and regularly holds workshops and presentations.