Little-known harp fact: did you know that George Solti's first music teacher was a harpist?
Well, he was. When the great maestro was a boy of six, he was taught by the principal harpist at the Budapest Opera House. This would have been either Román or Otto Mosshammer - in his autobiography, Solti mentions his teacher had been a hard taskmaster, but does not name him.
Tough: Román Mosshammer
Ammann Gyöngyi writes Hungary's first harp blog. Better-known than Solti's first music teacher is the fact that Hungarian is one of the world's most difficult languages: unrelated to anything except (distantly) Finnish and Estonian, and boasting no less than thirty-five cases. Of course, Dr Ammann's blog (in fact, a family affair - she writes it with her husband and her harpist daughters) is of particular interest to Hungarian-speakers, but she has also kindly set about ensuring that some of her blog's articles are in English, and you will find them here. They include an article about Solti. October 21st, 2012 will be the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and this is celebrated in the official UNESCO Anniversary List.