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Tibor Pusztai papers, 1950-2016

Identifier: BCA-040

Scope and Contents

The personal papers of Hungarian-American violinist, violist, composer, conductor, and educator Tibor Pusztai (1946-2016), who taught at Berklee College of Music from 1994-2015. Pusztai’s papers include published and unpublished compositions and arrangements, teaching materials, correspondence, clippings, and programs. Audiovisual formats include CDs, DVDs, cassettes, and reel to reel tape. These materials were compiled by his son, Tibor A. Pusztai, and his wife, Ann Axtmann, following his death on January 10, 2016.


  • 1950-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Advance notice is required for access because materials are stored offsite. Use of audiovisual materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.

Biographical / Historical

Hungarian-born composer, conductor, and educator Tibor Pusztai was born on December 23, 1946 in Budapest. Pusztai fled to the United States from Hungary’s Communist invasion in 1956. A violinist and violist, he studied at The Julliard School with Ivan Galamian and the New England Conservatory, where he served as assistant to Dr. Gunther Schüller.

As a conductor and composer, Tibor Pusztai worked with numerous orchestras, including the New England Conservatory Orchestra (under Schüller), the Alvin Ailey Company, American Ballet Theater, and the Manchester Symphony.

In 1994, Pusztai came to Berklee College of Music as an educator, teaching courses in composition, conducting, scoring for strings, harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration. Prior to Berklee, Pusztai taught at the Hartford Conservatory, Tehran University, Ithaca College, and the New England Conservatory.


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This collection has been minimally processed. Materials are currently housed in the original order they were received. A more detailed internal inventory is available upon request.

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Berklee College of Music
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