He came to Canada in 1963 as string teacher and coach at the Orford Art Centre (returning there each year until 1976, and continuing to teach there in the early 2000s). Together with Gilles Lefebvre he developed plans for the formation of an ensemble that was destined to become the Orford String Quartet (the violins of which - Andrew Dawes and Kenneth Perkins - had been pupils of his in Geneva). A visiting teacher at the University of Toronto in 1965, Fenyves settled in Toronto in 1966 and joined the Faculty of Music where he continued to coach the Orford Quartet. He was named professor emeritus in 1983 and remained on the teaching faculty in 2004. He also began to teach at the University of Western Ontario in 1985. His pupils included Adele Armin, Otto Armin, Steven Dann, Victor Martin, Erika Raum, and many others who have been members of major Canadian orchestras. He was a teacher and coach with the JM World Orchestra in 1970 and 1976, with the NYO 1966-77, and in 1972 he began his continuous association with the Banff CA. As well, he taught at the RCMT's Glenn Gould Professional School. He gave master classes in England at Aldeburgh, the Cornwall International Seminar of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music; in Japan annually at the Toho School; in Hungary each year beginning in 1985; and in the USA He took part in the Haydn-Riegger Festival in Austria in 1993.
Fenyves performed extensively in Europe and North America as a chamber musician, as soloist with major orchestras under such conductors as Ansermet, Bernstein, Fricsay, Ozawa, and Schuricht, and with such recital partners as Béla Siki, György Sebök, Menahem Pressler, Anton Kuerti, Patricia Parr, Pierre Souvairan, and Lydia Wong. He continued to perform solo and chamber music at Banff, Toronto, and elsewhere, including at his 85th birthday concert at the University of Toronto in 2003.
An outstanding performer and exceptional teacher, Fenyves possessed what William Aide described as 'a wisdom about what music means and how it can be taught as a life-affirming force' (Notes from the Faculty of Music, Spring-Summer 1983). He was awarded Hungary's Cross of the Order of Merit in 1998. Fenyves was considered by many to be one of the greatest violin teachers in the world (Globe and Mail, 20 Feb 1998).
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Adaskin - Bartók - Stravinsky. Souvairan piano. 1973. CBC SM-211/(Adaskin) 5-ACM 23
- Two Portraits. Parr piano. (1986). 5-ACM 23
Bartók Contrasts. Gugulz clarinet, Rev piano. Guilde internationale du disque SMS-2491
- 44 Duos for Two Violins. Martin violin. 1973? Ensayo ENY-26/MHS 1722
- Deux Portraits, Opus 5. O de la Suisse romande, Ansermet conductor. Lon CS-6407
- Rhapsody No. 2; Sonata No. 1. Kuerti piano. 1969. CBC SM-116
-Sonata No. 1, 10 duos, Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion. Schiff, Canino, piano, Racz, Vaczi percussion. 1994. 443 894-2 Decca
-Sonata No. 2; Rumanian Folk Dances. Siki piano. 1967. CBC SM-44
-Sonata No. 2; Contrasts. Schiff piano. 1994. 443 893-2 Decca
-Sonata for unaccompanied violin. 1968? CBC SM-26
- Sonata for unaccompanied violin; Contrasts. Galper clarinet, Siki piano. 1975. CBC SM-240
Beethoven Sonatas Nos. 6, 9. Kuerti piano. RCA Red Seal LSC-3146
Franck Sonata in A - Bartók Sonata No 2. Parr piano. 1984. Arbor 84001
Glick Suite hébraique No. 2. Orloff violoncello, N. Glick clarinet, D.S. Glick piano, Helmer viola. 1972. RCI 389/4-ACM 34 (CD)
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade. O de la Suisse romande, Ansermet conductor. Lon CS-6212/Decca 414-124-2 (CD)
- Scheherazade. Vienna Festival O, Vancouver Otterloo conductor. (1972). Guilde internationale du disque SMS-5202/(1994) FNAC 642330
Schubert Duo in A - Bach Partita No 2. Souvairan piano. 1973. CBC SM-212
The Violin and Piano Sonatas: Schumann. Kuerti piano. 1971. CBC SM-169/Sel CC-15-074
The Virtuoso Oboe: Bach Concerto in D Minor. Holliger oboe, Geneva Baroque O, Auberson conductor. 1966. Monitor MCS-2088/Pearl SHE-561
Jacobsen, J.B. 'Bird's eye view,' Music and Musicians, Nov 1963
Kraglund, John. 'Violin master takes a bow,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 12 Jan 1983
Silverstein, Barbara. 'Violin teacher helped shape Israel's music culture,' Canadian Jewish News, 14 May 1998
Winters, Ken. 'Style and an elegant serenity,' Globe and Mail, 18 Feb 2003
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