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Szabó Péter


Place of Birth
Marosvásárhely (Tirgu Mures - Ro)
Date of Birth

Many of his recordings received enthusiastic praise and were the Editor's choices of magazines like Fono-Forum, The London Times, Repertoire, Classica, American Record Guide. He was also presented the Hungarian Classical Award of the Gramophon Magazine in 2002 for the best Hungarian Performer of the year.

Péter Szabó is a prize winner in several competitions including the National Competition in Romania and the International Competition Markneukirchen in Germany. He also was awarded a Special Prize from the International Association of Musicologists in Genf in 1994.

Concerts have taken him to many European countries as well as to the USA, South America and the Far East. He performed in such acclaimed halls like Wigmore Hall (London), Musikverein and Konzethaus (Vienna), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Tonhalle (Zürich), Kozerthaus (Berlin) and many international festivals including Pablo Casals Festival Prades, Salzburg Festival, The October Festival in Normandy, Aldeburgh Festival, the Royal Palace Festival in Stockholm, the Kissinger Sommer, the Istanbul Music Festival and the Budapest Spring Festival.

As a soloist Péter Szabó has appeared with leading orchestras including the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Hungarian National Philharmonie, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and played under the baton of famous conductors like Yehudi Menuhin, Iván Fischer, Tamás Vásáry and Peter Keuschnig just to mention a few.

He is asked very often to join for chamber-music and has established himself as a regular partner with artists Zoltán Kocsis, Till Fellner, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yurij Bashmet and Alexander Loncquich. In 1996 he formed together with Gábor Takács-Nagy and Dénes Várjon the Takács-Várjon-Szabó Piano Trio which lead to many concert tours and several CD recordings. In his concert appearances he has performed music ranging from the renaissance to the present and works closely together with contemporary composers, often giving the first public performance of their works (Veress, Lajtha, Kocsár, Kurtág, Eötvös).

As a professor Péter Szabó has given annual master classes at the European Mozart Academy all over Europe, in Bulle (Switzerland), in Sao Paolo (Brazil), Korcula (Croatia). His many CD recordings are on labels such as Naxos, Hungaroton, Electrecord, and BBC records (including works by Beethoven, Haydn, Pleyel, Chopin, Dohnányi, Liszt, Goldmark, Lajtha, Terényi, Rózsa, Seiber).

Péter Szabó holds the post of Principal Cellist for the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Born in Transylvania in a family of musicians Péter Szabó soon started his studies at the Music Academy in Kolozsvár (Klausenburg) where he graduated with distinction in 1985. He then continued at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest with Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág and László Mező. He also took part in many Master-classes with Miklós Perényi, A. Meunier, T. Kühne and György Sebők.

2011 Liszt Prize
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Live from Wigmore Hall - Beethoven, Ludwig van: B-dúr trió, Op. 97; Haydn, Michael: G-dúr trió
(Live from Wigmore Hall - Beethoven, Ludwig van: Trio in B major, Op. 97; Haydn, Michael: Trio in G major (Gipsy))
BBC Music BBCW 1006-2-BBC Own
1993 Dohnányi - Lajtha: Sonata for Cello and Piano Op.8 - Sonata for Cello & Piano Op.17 - Concerto for Cello & Piano Op.31 Hungaroton HCD 31552
1993 Dohnányi Ernő: B-dúr szonáta Op. 8. / Lajtha László: Szonáta Op. 17; Concerto Op. 31
(Dohnányi, Ernst von: Sonata for cello & piano Op. 8. / Lajtha, László: Sonata for cello & piano Op. 17; Concerto for cello & piano Op. 31)
Hungaroton Own
1995 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Kamarazene kürtre, fúvósokra és vonósokra
(Beethoven, Ludwig van: Chamber Music for Horns, Winds and Strings)
Naxos 8.553090
1996 Chopin, Fryderyk: Kamarazene (G-moll szonáta Op. 65; G-moll Trió Op. 8)
(Chopin, Fryderyk: Chamber Music (Sonata in G minore for viloncello & piano Op. 65; Trio in G minore Op. 8))
Hungaroton HCD 31651 Own
1997 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Adagio Naxos 8.552240
1998 Varma Röda Stunder - Romantisk Klassisk Musik (3CD set)
(Warm Red Hours - Romantic Classical Music (3CD set))
Naxos 8.503038 3 CDs
1999 Klassiskt A-Ö (Musiklexikon och 2 CD)
(The A to Z of Classical Music )
Naxos 8.553362 2 CDs
2002 Liszt Ferenc: Consolations / Goldmark Károly: Gordonka-zongora szonáta Op.39 / Rózsa Miklós: Duó gordonkára és zongorára Op.8
(Liszt, Ferenc: Consolations / Goldmark, Karl: Sonata for Cello and Piano Op.39 / Rózsa, Miklós: Duo for Cello and Piano Op.8)
Hungaroton HCD 32023 Own
2002 Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: Vonós versenyművek 1. - gordonkaversenyek
(Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: Complete String Concertos, Vol.1 - Cello Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 32067-68 Own
2 CDs
2002 Gémesi Géza művei
(Works by Géza Gémesi)
Hungaroton HCD 31940
2003 Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: Vonós versenyművek 2.
(Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: Complete String Concertos, Vol 2.)
Hungaroton HCD 32241 Own
First recordings
2005 Beethoven for Meditation Naxos 8.557751 Swedish edition
2005 Seiber Mátyás: A költészethez / Kamaraművek és dalok
(Seiber, Mátyás: "To Poetry" / Chamber Works and Songs)
Hungaroton HCD 32405
2005 Koessler, Hans: Trió-szvit hegedűre, mélyhegedűre és zongorára; F-dúr kvintett két hegedűre, mélyhegedűre, gordonkára és zongorára / Moór Emmanuel: II. gordonka-zongoraszonáta Op.55
(Koessler, Hans: Trio-Suite for Violin, Viola and Piano; Quintet in F major for two Violins, Viola, Cello and Piano / Moór, Emmanuel: Sonata No.2 for Cello and Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 32331 Own
2006 Szabó Csaba: Kamarazene, kórusművek
(Szabó, Csaba: Chamber Music, Choral Works)
Hungaroton HCD 32183 Sung in Hungarian
2007 Beethoven for Meditation Naxos 8.570905
2007 Moór Emanuel: Gordonka-zongora szonáták
(Moór, Emanuel: Sonatas for Cello & Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 32462 Own
2008 Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: Vonósok és fúvósok
(Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: String & Winds)
Hungaroton HCD 32572 World premiere recording
2008 Giordani, Tommaso: Hat trió fuvolára, mélyhegedűre és gordonkára Op. 12
(Giordani, Tommaso: Six Trios for German Flute, Viola and Cello Op. 12)
Hungaroton HCD 32498
2010 Beethoven, Ludwig van: The Genius of Beethoven Naxos 8.578194 2 CDs
2011 My First Beethoven Album Naxos 8.578206
2012 Min Forste Beethoven
(My First Beethoven Album)
Naxos 8.578235
2013 Könczei Árpád: A negyedik út
(Compositions by Árpád Könczei: The Fourth Way)
2014 Emanuel Moór: Cello Concertos Hungaroton HCD 32728 Own
2016 My First Classical Albums (9-CD Box Set) Naxos 8.509003 9 CDs