The widow of György (aka George) Solti, the guardian of the conductor's legacy, known as the patron of classical music, Lady Valerie Solti died on March 31, at the age of 83.
Lady Valerie Solti was the patron of the World Orchestra for Peace, co-founded with her husband, and supported a number of other cultural institutions, including György Solti's alma mater, the Liszt Ferenc University of Music.
Lord George and Lady Valerie Solti
After the death of György Solti in 1997, Lady Valerie founded the Solti Foundation, which provides assistance to young artists. In 2012, she received the Middle Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit from the Hungarian Prime Minister.
She was a patron of the International Kodály Society, and the main patron of the Bartók World Competition and Festival of the Academy of Music.