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Born in Budapest, she began her studies with Margit Varró and Klára Máthé. Aged nine, she won the Grand Prix des Enfants Prodiges. Aged twelve she performed with an orchestra. She studied with Leó Weiner and Arnold Székely at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, with Professor Robert Teichmüller at the Leipzig Conservatory, and with Paul Weingarten at the Vienna Conservatory, having left Hungary in 1946.
Rév has performed across Europe, in Asia, Africa, and in the United States. She has been soloist with conductors such as Sir Adrian Boult, André Cluytens, Jascha Horenstein, Eugen Jochum, Josef Krips, Rafael Kubelík, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Constantin Silvestri and Walter Susskind.
Her first US appearance was in 1963 at the invitation of the Rockefeller Institute. Her recordings vary from complete Debussy Préludes, Chopin Nocturnes, and Mendelssohn Songs without Words. She turned 100 in July 2016.
- Shirley Kirsten (14 January 2016). "Livia Rev, pianist, ripens with age". wordpress.com. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
- biography at Naxos Records
- biography at Hyperion Records
- Programme notes with Rev biography
- Livia Rév's Official website
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