Remenyi House of Music

Remenyi House of Music was founded in July of 1890, Mihály Reményi a newly appointed “master violin maker” opened a tiny violin shop in his native city of Budapest, Hungary.

When the founder's two sons joined the firm, the store began to take on the form that it is today. Lászlo, the elder, like his father, became a violinmaker who gained experience in Paris, Hamburg, London and Zurich, before returning home as an internationally regarded violin expert. Zoltán, the younger son, expanded the firm into the many other areas of the music trade (pianos, band instruments, gramophone records etc.) including manufacturing and distribution.

Reményi soon became the country's largest music house, appointed as suppliers to the Royal Court and major musical institutions throughout Austria-Hungary. The business was a highly respected fixture on the dynamic cultural scene of Budapest, occupying two large buildings beside the renowned Franz Liszt Musical Academy. In the 1940's, Reményi was commissioned to produce the first rhythm instruments for Zoltán Kodály's teaching method for children, which remains popular today. Surviving two world wars and economic & political upheavals, the business was confiscated in 1951 when the communist regime terminated private enterprise.

The firm was re-established by Zoltán Reményi upon immigrating to Canada in 1959 with his wife and son. Growing from a tiny 13-foot wide store on Toronto's Queen Street, they moved to their present location on Bloor Street, in 1979, adjacent to the campus of the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Today, the Remenyi building presents three floors of quality pianos, string instruments, accessories, repair shops, and the Music Bookstore, which specializes in sheet music and educational materials.

Musicians, music lovers, and distinguished artists from around the world continue to visit the house, which is currently operated by the founder's grandson, the third generation committed to musical excellence.

From Michael Remenyi

We are very excited about the new relationship between Remenyi House of Music and Toronto Music Alliance. For over 120 years, Remenyi Music has strived to provide musical excellence in every community. We recognize that ToMA has the same dedication to growing the arts in Toronto, and we are excited to collaborate with them going forward.

 

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What's new

ToMA Children's Choir Starting September 12!

Our ToMA Online Choir - for children ages 6-12 - is gearing up to start rehearsing on Saturday, September 12. The cost for the choir is $270 per term, with two terms during the school year. Rehearsals run from 10-11 Saturday mornings, and rehearse via Google Meet. Feel free to contact us for the link to our rehearsal room, and join in the musical fun! You can join us starting anytime, even partway through the season (we will made adjustments to the fee for later starts).

To see just a small sample of what they do, click Read More to see one of the videos from our Summer Virtual Choir program.

Why Online-Only Lessons?

We've heard from many of you asking both when we will be able to return to in-person lessons, as well as why we are working only online with our students. The first answer is, we don't know. But the second answer is simple: safety. And we have the science to back it up.