Born in Budapest, Hungary, Pauk entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music there at age twelve where he studied under Zoltán Kodály. In 1956 he left Hungary for the Netherlands and, after being persuaded by violinist Yehudi Menuhin, he permanently settled in London in 1961.
Since then he has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras and maestros around the world and as a chamber musician. He has also recorded. He has premiered works by Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Sir Michael Tippett conducted by the composers themselves.
Pauk and pianist Peter Frankl formed a long-term collaboration with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. The BBC commissioned Fourteen Little Pictures by James MacMillan to mark the 25th anniversary of their trio in 1997.
Pauk holds the position of Ede Zathureczky Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and gives master classes around the world. Recordings of three masterclasses from the 2010 Lake District Summer Music International Summer Music Academy have recently been made available online through vimeo.com
He has two children who both live and work in London, and four grandchildren.
- First Prize in the 1956 (first) Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy
- Premier Grand Prix in 1959 at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition
- First Prize at the Munich Sonata Competition with Frankl
- Biography at Naxos Records
- Biography at the Royal Academy of Music
- Biography at violin.org
- Masterclass at Lake District Summer Music
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