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Fodor's first ten years of study were with Harold Wippler. He then studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, Indiana University and the University of Southern California, where his teachers included Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold and Jascha Heifetz, respectively.
Fodor made his solo debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of ten, playing the Bruch Concerto and began touring as a soloist while still a young teenager.
Fodor won numerous national contests before the age of seventeen, including first Prize in both the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, D.C. and the Young Musicians Foundation Competition in Los Angeles, California.
He went on to win first prize in the International Paganini Competition in Italy in 1972, at the age of 22. It was his win at the Paganini competition that gained him widespread public attention. He achieved the highest prize awarded in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974 in Moscow, Russia. This award raised his profile further, especially considering that he was an American winning the top Soviet prize during the hieght of the Cold War. Fodor was also awarded the European Soloist award "Prix European du Soliste" in January, 1999.
- Foder's recordings include six albums for RCA Red Seal
- other labels include Sony Essential, Clarity, Laurel
- contemporary sonatas
- several recital albums
- Bach Violin Concertos
- the Nielsen Violin Concerto (2001, Grazioso Records 72601)
- Lalo:Symphony espagnole / Sibelius:Violin Concerto (2000, Grazioso Records 61501)
- Brahms:Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano (1996, Clarity Records 1014)
- the Concertos of Brahms, Sibelius and the first two concertos of Paganini with the Kiev Philharmonic
- Love Fodor Style (2002, Grazioso Records 95143)
- Instrument of the Angels (2001, Grazioso Records 81904, famous gospel pieces)
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