Koromzay was born in Hungary in 1913 and received his training at
the Franz List Academy of Music, culminating with the Artist Diploma.
He was employed at Oberlin for the 1972-73 year as visiting professor
of chamber music and subsequently appointed professor of chamber
and viola the following year. He retired from Oberlin on December
31, 1979. Denes later served part time at the University of Colorado,
Boulder, and passed away in the fall of 2001.
colleague Andor Toth notes, "Denes Koromzay was an early coach
for many of the worlds' better quartets: the Lindsey Quartet, the
Takacs Quartet, and the Colorado Quartet. He also taught members
of the Vermeer Quartet (2), the Pendereki Quartet (2), and the Lydian
and Chester Quartet. He taught many other individuals who later
had lives in major chamber music organizations. On a personal note,
he loved fine food and wines and was a world-class bridge player."
was a founding member of the Hungarian Quartet in 1937, which concertized
extensively until 1972. Trapped for five years in Holland during
the Second World War, the quartet occupied itself by perfecting
the Beethoven Cycle. Later, they brought performances and recordings
of the classical canon to music lovers worldwide, twice recording
the Beethoven Quartet Cycle in Paris.
a member of the Hungarian Quartet (and, after their retirement,
the New Hungarian Quartet), Denes performed in every major concert
venue in the world, playing 100 to 150 concerts a year for almost
45 years. It is clear from his biography that Mr. Koromzay exemplified
the ideals of intellectual and artistic excellence that characterize
Oberlin College Conservatory, and he will be missed.
Slowik is a professor of viola. This Memorial Minute was
adopted by a rising vote of the General Faculty of Oberlin College
on April 16, 2002.