Csaba Szilvay (born in Budapest in 1941 ) is a cellist, teacher and conductor. He studied at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Hungary and received his diploma in 1970. Later he moved to Finland where he continued his cello studies at the Sibelius Academy. Together with his brother Géza they created the Colourstrings teaching method based on Zoltán Kodály’s philosophy. It began at the East Helsinki Music Institute and soon became a success in Finland, resulting in a TV program “Minifiddlers in Musicland” (Viuluviikarit musiikkimaassa). The method soon gained also international recognition, and the Szilvay brothers became known both as acclaimed string pedagogues, conductors and educators of children’s and youth orchestras. They were the founders and long-term conductors of the Helsinki Strings junior orchestra.
In recognition of his work for youth culture, Szilvay has been awarded the Knight Order of the Finnish Lion, the Culture Prize of Finland, the Hungarian State Award for Cultural Activity, the Culture Prize of Helsinki, the Pro Musica Award, the International Kodály Prize and the Order of the White Rose of Finland.