She was born in Budapest and began her studies at the age of 7 at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. She studied with Professor Arnold Székely (also a teacher of Louis Kentner). At the age of 9, she made her musical debut as a child prodigy. At the age of 12, she played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, directing the orchestra from the piano. She received her diploma from the Musical Academy in Budapest when she was 17 years old. During her studies at the Music Academy she won the Franz Liszt Prize twice. She became a professor at the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy where she remained until 1942. She then concertized widely throughout Europe in the 1950s and made recordings with the Westminster Label. In ensemble she performed with the Barylli Quartet.
It was while still a student in Budapest that she became a steady musical partner with the great Hungarian violinist Jenő Hubay. At the International Musical afternoons at the Budapest Palais, she performed many times with Bronisław Huberman.
- Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2 - Westminster LP WL 5309, 1954
- Liszt Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2 - Westminster LP WL 5158
- Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies Vol. 1 (1-8) - Westminster LP WAL 213
- Dvorak Piano Quintet with the Barylli Quartet - Westminster W 9025
- Liner Notes from Westminster LP #WL 5168, Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Edith Farnadi, pianist, Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Conducted by Hermann Scherchen.
- Sleevenote from Westminster LP #WAL 213, Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies Vol I (1-8), Edith Farnadi, pianist recorded in Konzerthaus, Vienna (issued USA 1953).
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