Csenge Magyar, 9, was “surprised” to learn she had won a gold medal for scoring the top mark in Ontario on her Grade 2 Royal Conservatory of Music violin examination.
“I didn’t know there was a medal,” Csenge told The Villager in a conversation at her house on Windermere Avenue, Thursday, Jan. 17.
Her parents, Kalman Magyar and Beatrix Nagy, were just as shocked.
“Her teacher never mentioned it,” said Magyar.
Nagy admitted they almost deleted the email addressed to her daughter from the Royal Conservatory. It arrived out of the blue in the fall.
Csenge was awarded during a convocation ceremony and reception at Koerner Hall, in the Royal Conservatory’s Telus Centre for Performance and Learning on Sunday, Jan. 13.
A student at L’École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville on Royal York Road, Csenge has been playing the violin since she was four. She along with her brother Soma, 6, and sister, Bibor, 4, are Etobicoke Suzuki Music students. “As an option, you can take the Royal Conservatory exams,” explained Nagy. “The Royal Conservatory will count as a high school credit.
Csenge earned a mark of 95 out of 100 on her Grade 2 exam, which she completed last year. She competed against all ages to win the gold medal. She has gone on to skip Grade 3 and just recently wrote her Grade 4 exam.
Csenge, with help from her parents, aims to practice her violin daily, particularly the week before an exam. Up by 7:15 a.m. each day, Csenge will oftentimes practise before she goes to school. She spends approximately 20 to 40 minutes each practice session.
“I brought my violin to school. I showed my medal to my teacher, who taught me last year and played violin for my class,” said Csenge.
She says she enjoys performing in front of an audience and revealed she only gets nervous “sometimes.”
The exams, she said, “are hard.”
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Hungarian family. Dad plays violin and piano and attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied the Suzuki Method growing up in his native New Jersey. He and Nagy met through the Hungarian folk dance community when they were teenagers. The family moved to the Bloor West Village neighbourhood in 2007.