Kato Havas Association for the New Approach
All around the World Kato Havas is being remembered especially at this time, as we acknowledge the 100th Anniversary of her birth in Hungary on 5 November 1920. During this current year of Coronavirus-Covid 19, it has not been possible to hold live events of commemoration but, almost two years after her death, Kato's unique and considerable legacy is continuing into the future in the hands of the many whose lives and careers have been so deeply touched by their association with her. We are looking forward to the day when we can safely gather together to make music again.
This web site is about The New Approach to string playing pioneered by Kato Havas. The New Approach, with appropriate remedial exercises, helps to release physical tensions. It also helps the release of stage fright and mental anxieties so that players of all levels can fulfil their potential.
The site serves the needs of teachers and players practicing The New Approach, allows them to communicate with each other and also helps to introduce the existing publications on the workings of The New Approach.
To join KHANA click the link labelled KHANA on the left at the top of this page. It lists the representatives in your area and whom to contact to become a member of the association.
Please use the other links to navigate around our site.
In addition 10 short videos showing a workshop by Kato Havas were placed on YouTube. To view these click on the ‘Videos’ link below and all will become available in a separate window.
Flying Fiddle drawn by Katy Lawrence, Antioch, CA.
KHANA – lists the KHANA representatives around the world
KATO HAVAS – displays a brief biography of The New Approach’s creator.
New Approach – displays a brief outline of The New Approach and its achievements.
Calendar - lists coming KHANA courses and seminars around the world.
LAST UPDATED ON November 6, 2020.
Sources – lists where books, videos, etc. on the New Approach may be obtained.
Message Board – an entirely new and simplified place to ask questions and make comments on The New Approach and this web-site.
A brief description of each page is given below.
KHANA is a world-wide association of musicians who utilize the New Approach. Currently there are members in 30 countries who share experiences and advice through the publication of 2 newsletters each year. Members also receive lists and dates of workshops in different parts of the world.
Kato Havas O.B.E. - Hungarian-born international teacher and lecturer, currently based in Oxford, England. She is the author of six books about violin technique, the recipient of the ASTA International Award and an honorary member of the Isaye Foundation in Belgium.
The New Approach is based on the tension-free playing of the Hungarian gypsy violinists and on a fundamental physical balance with free flowing energy impulses. It incorporates Kodaly principles of inner hearing and is applicable to all forms of music-making: classical, folk and popular as well as to all ages and levels of playing: performers, amateurs, teachers, students, and children.
Sources - for Books,CDs and Video Tapes, etc. on The New Approach.
Calendar of events - New Approach international workshops and KHANA informal workshops.
The Message Board is an entirely new, much simplified area where anyone can comment on or request assistance about the difficulties and rewards of music making, particularly with reference to New Approach principles.