Livia Rév was born in Hungary and started her musical education with Margit Varro. It was evident from a very early age that she was exceptionally talented as she won the Grand Prix des Enfants Prodiges : she was only nine years old. She made her debut with orchestra when she was twelve performing the Mozart E flat Concerto for two pianos.
In later years she studied with Leo Weiner and Arnold Székely at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, with Professor Robert Teichmuller at the Leipzig Conservatory, and with Paul Weingarten of the Vienna Conservatory. She also won the Grand Prix de l’Académie Franz Liszt. à Budapest avec Margit Varro, Klara Mathé et Léo Weiner - à Leipzig avec Robert Teichmuller et Paul Weingarten
After the Second World War, Lívia Rév left Hungary and settled down in France. After a very successful recital in London, most of the major English orchestras invited her as a soloist. It was the beginning of a long and fruitful international carrier.
Madame Rév plays regularly all over Europe and has been the soloist with such conductors as Sir Adrian Boult, André Cluytens, Jascha Horenstein, Eugen Jochum, Josef Krips, Rafael Kubelik, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Constantin Silvestri, Sir Malcolm Sargent, and Walter Süsskind. In 1963 she was invited to make her debut in the United States by the Rockefeller Institute. Subsequently she made her New York debut with a recital at the Town Hall which was outstandingly successful. Since then, she has often performed in the USA.
Over the years, she has made more than thirty records. Her Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Chopin recordings on the British label Hyperion, have been highly praised by the international press and are considered as reference recordings.
Lívia Rév’s rich and exciting life is the subject of a book that is being written by an American novelist. In Hungary, a movie has also been made about her.