Tibor Pusztai papers, 1950-2016

Summary Information

Berklee Archives
Pusztai, Tibor, 1946-2016
Tibor Pusztai papers, 1950-2016
Date [inclusive]
30.0 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], in the Tibor Pusztai papers, BCA-040. Berklee Archives, Stan Getz Library, Berklee College of Music.

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Biographical/Historical note

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 prodigious 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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Scope and Contents note

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 Pusztai’s papers include published and unpublished compositions and arrangements, teaching materials, correspondence, clippings, and programs.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.

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Arrangement note

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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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Berklee Archives 2017/04/04

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston, MA, 02215

Conditions Governing Access note

This non-circulating collection is open for research use by appointment on site at the Berklee archives (Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening hours available upon request). Advance notice is required to retrieve archival items because these materials are stored offsite. Use of audiovisual materials may require the production of listening or viewing copies. To schedule an appointment or request further information, please email archives@berklee.edu or call 617-747-8001.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Boston (Mass.)


  • Arrangement (music)
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Composition (music)
  • Musical education

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