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Szabadi Vilmos


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Vilmos Szabadi studied under Prof. Ferenc Halász at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest where on receiving his diploma, he became the youngest ever person to join the teaching staff. Than he studied, after graduation, with Sándor Végh, Ruggiero Ricci and Loránt Fenyves.

In 1982 he won first prizes (with special mention) in the Hungarian Radio Competition and the following year in the Jenő Hubay Competition in Budapest. In 1985 he was awarded 3rd prize at the Jean Sibelius Competition in Finland where he has since been invited to perform regularly and to give Master Classes.

His career as an international Concert violinist took off when Sir Georg Solti invited him to play Bartók's 2nd Violin Concerto during the Bartók Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1988. The success of the Concert, as well as a CD Video of this performance released by the Philips, led to invitations from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the RTE Concert Orchestra (Ireland).

He is Hungary's foremost violinist a regular soloist in his home as well as a frequent guest in the rest of the word. He has played in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Dublin, Bruxelles, Amsterdam, Torino, Madrid, Paris, Vienna, Stuttgart, Helsinki, New York, Washington, Toronto, Montreal, Israel, Turkey, South-Korea, and Taiwan. Conducted by Simonov, Ceccato, Nelson, Gardelli, Tabachnik, Loughran, Berglund, Renzetti, Kamu, Haenchen, Vásáry, Kobajashi, Adam and Ivan Fisher. He has recorded for BBC, Radio Classique (France), NDR, BRD, the Irish Radio, and many other Radio and TV stations. So far he recorded 15 albums at different companies.

From 1996 he is the only violinist in Hungary who is contracted as exclusive artist for the Hungaroton Classic label. Vilmos Szabadi was among the privileged musicians invited by HRH Prince Charles to perform at the celebration in honour of Sir Georg Solti's 80th birthday held at the Buckingham Palace in 1992.

In 1995 he also appeared on the prestigious Stradivarius series, played the Strad violin owned by Spanish Royalty in Madrid.

In 1993 the prestigious Liszt Prize was awarded to him by the Hungarian Government. In 1995 he established and became Artistic Director of the the Castle Chamber Music Festival in Hungary.

He is the double prize winner (1999, 2002) of the prestigious MIDEM Festival in Cannes (France) with his Dohnányi Violin Concertos CD and with Bartók Young-Age Sonata recording.

In 1999 he was awarded a prize by the Hungaroton record company. In 2018 he was given Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize. In 2020 he was given the title Merited Artist.

He plays a cremonese Laurentius STORIONI instrument dated 1778.

Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1984 A Virtuóz Hegedű
(The Virtuoso Violin)
Hungaroton HRC 180 Own
1985 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Zenekari darabok szóló hegedűre
(Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Orchestra pieces for Violin)
Radioton SLPX 31004 Own
1986 Schubert, Franz: Esz-dúr Zongoratrió op.100
(Schubert, Franz: Piano Trio in E flat major op.100)
Radioton SLPX 31004 Own
1989 Solti: Bartók Gala Concert Philips PHLP 6801
1991 Mozart Chamber Music Radioton HCD 31470 Own
1992 Ysaÿe, Eugène: 6 szonáta szóló hegedűre Op. 27
(Ysaÿe, Eugène: Six Sonatas for Violin Solo)
Hungaroton HCD 31476 Own
1993 Bartók Béla: Szonáta hegedűre Sz. 117; Szonáta hegedűre és zongorára
(Bartók, Béla: Sonata for Violin Solo; Sonata for Violin and Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 31558 Own
1994 Bartók Béla: 2 hegedűverseny Nos. 1,2
(Bartók, Béla: Violin Concertos Nos.1,2)
Hungaroton HCD 31543 Own
1996 Muszorgszkij, Mogyeszt Petrovics: Egy éj a kopár hegyen; Csajkovszkij, Pjotr Iljics: D-dúr hegedűverseny Op.35, Hattyúk tava, Csárdás Magánkiadás DYO CD001 Own
Conducted by Jurij Szimonov
1996 Weiner Leó: Kompozíciók hegedűre és zongorára
(Weiner, Leó: Works for Violin and Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 31663 Own
1996 A heifetzi hegedű - Jascha Heifetz átiratai - 1.album
(The Heifetzian Violin - Transcriptions by - Vol.1)
Hungaroton HCD 31678 Own
1998 Enescu, George: Három szonáta zongorára és hegedűre (összes)
(Enescu, George: Sonatas for Piano and Violin)
Hungaroton HCD 31778 Own
1998 Hungaroton Classic - 1999 Hungaroton HCD 31842 Sampler CD
1998 Lendvay Kamilló: 5 Concerto
(Five Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 31787
1998 Dohnányi Ernő: Hegedűversenyek Nos. 1-2
(Dohnányi, Ernő: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-2)
Hungaroton HCD 31759 Own
1999 Spohr, Louis: Duettek két hegedűre Op.39
(Spohr, Louis: Duets for Two Violins)
Hungaroton HCD 31866 Own
1999 300 Év Tánczene
(300 Years Dance Music)
Hungaroton HRC 1045 Echo Collection
2000 Kirchner, Theodor: Novellettek zongorára, hegedűre és gordonkára Op. 59
Goetz, Hermann: g-moll trió zongorára, hegedűre és gordonkára Op. 1.

(Kirchner, Theodor: Novelletten for Piano, Violin and Cello Op.59
Goetz, Hermann Trio in G minor for Piano, Violin an)
Hungaroton HCD 31919 Own
Further contributor: Grzegorz Miecnikowski - cello
2000 Bartók Béla: 44 duó
Terényi Ede: Balassa-duók

(Bartók, Béla: 44 Duos; Terényi, Ede: Balassa-Duos)
Hungaroton HCD 31999 Own
2001 Hubay Jenő: Hegedűversenyek (összes)
(Violin Concertos (complete))
Hungaroton HCD 31976-77 Own
1st recordings
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Vonósművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - String Players)
Hungaroton HCD 32091-3 3 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2002 Spohr, Louis: Duettek két hegedűre Op. 148, 150
(Spohr, Louis: Duets for two Violins Op. 148, 150)
Hungaroton HCD 32119 Own
2002 A hegedűmuzsika gyöngyszemei
(Gems of Violin Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31931 Own
2002 Bottesini, Givoanni: Kompozíciók nagybőgőre IV. - kettősversenyek
(Works for Double Bass, Vol.4 - Double Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 32100 Complete edition / First recordings
2002 Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg; Sperger, Johannes Matthias: Vonóstriók
(Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg; Sperger, Johannes Matthias: String Trios)
Hungaroton HCD 32109 Own
2003 Sperger, Johannes M.: Horn Music Hungaroton HCD 32145 First recording
2003 Krumpholtz, Jean-Baptiste: Szonáták
(Krumpholtz, Jean-Baptiste: Sonatas)
Hungaroton HCD 32153 Own
2003 Benkó Dixieland Band: Chicago Aranykora Bencolor BEN-CD 5433
2003 Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: Vonós versenyművek 2.
(Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: Complete String Concertos, Vol 2.)
Hungaroton HCD 32241 Own
First recordings
2004 Weiner Leó: Hegedűversenyek (Op.45 fisz-moll, Op.41 D-dúr); Joachim József: Variációk hegedűre zenekari kísérettel (e-moll)
(Weiner, Leó: Violin Concertos (Op.45 F sharp minor, Op.41 D major); Joachim, József: Variations...)
Hungaroton HCD 32185 Own
2004 Eybler, Joseph Leopold - Pleyel, Ignaz: Vonóstriók
(Eybler, Joseph Leopold - Pleyel, Ignaz: String Trios)
Hungaroton HCD 32219 Own
2004 Túlparton
(Other Side)
Hungaroton HCD 32297 Own
Art Music and its Folk Roots
2004 Stamitz, Carl: Duók hegedűre és mélyhegedűre
(Stamitz, Carl: Duos for Violin & Viola)
Hungaroton HCD 32282 Own
2005 Haydn, Joseph: 6 szonáta hegedűre és mélyhegedűre Hob. VI:1-6
(Haydn, Joseph: 6 Sonatas for Violin & Viola Hob. VI:1-6)
Hungaroton HCD 32361 Own
2005 Vecsey Ferenc: Caprice fantastique Darabok hegedűre és zongorára
(Caprice fantastique - Pieces for Violin & Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 32333 Own
First recording
2006 Benkó Dixieland Band: A jazz születésétől napjainkig - 5. rész (1953-2005) Bencolor BEN-CD 5429
2006 Best of Benkó Dixieland Band - 2006 Bencolor BEN-CD 5445
2007 Pártos Ödön: Dicsőítő ének/ Hegedűverseny/ Fúziók
(Ödön Pártos: Song of Praise/ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra/ Fusions)
Hungaroton HCD 32450
2007 Stamitz, Carl: Duók hegedűre és mélyhegedűre Vol. 02
(Stamitz, Carl: Duos for Violin and Viola Vol. 02)
Hungaroton HCD 32453 Own
2008 In memoriam - Holokauszt-áldozat magyar zeneszerzők
(In Memoriam - Hungarian Composers Victims of the Holocaust)
Hungaroton HCD 32597
2008 Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: Vonósok és fúvósok
(Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: String & Winds)
Hungaroton HCD 32572 World premiere recording
2018 Mozart - The Complete Piano Trios Hungaroton HCD 32825-27 Own
3 CDs