Born Hungary, introduced to the violin at the age of five. Was recommended to the Royal
Academy in Budapest by Emil Telmanyi. Studied there, making her debut at Carnegie
Hall, New York at the age of seventeen, acclaimed by critics everywhere.
Later developed the New Approach to string playing, a revolutionary teaching method
dealing with the release of tension and anxiety which gave rise to here series of
publications: A New Approach to Violin Playing (1961), The Twelve Lesson Course in
the New Approach (1964), The Violin and I (1967) and culminating in Stage Fright, it's
Causes and Cures, with special reference to violin playing (1974). She also collaborated
with American teacher, Jerome D. Landsman, on a class teaching version of The New
Approach, Freedom to Play (1977).
A charismatic teacher, Miss Havas has been invited to lecture at Oxford University, has
given talks and demonstrations on television, as well as a series of lecture demonstrations
in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and in many European countries.
She has travelled extensively in the United States, giving workshops on the application of
the New Approach to violin and viola playing. She was founder and director of the
Purbeck Music Festival. Dorset, the Roehampton Music Festival. London, and the
International Festival in Oxford, where she is now based and approached by players from
all over the world.
In 1992, the American String Teachers Association conferred upon her it's prestigious
International Award in recognition of her unparalleled achievements.
Her books have long been translated into Chinese, German, Spanish and Swedish and
have recently become available in Czech and Italian.