Ildikó Szabó

Ildikó Szabó – cellistIldikó-Szabó-HP

    Acclaimed for her musical intellect and imagination coupled with technical virtuosity, Ildikó Szabó is a laureate of the 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition where she was the winner of the overall 2nd Prize, the Audience Award, and 7 Special Prizes. She was also top prize winner at the David Popper International Competition, Janigro International Competition and Liezen International Competition, while in 2013 she was awarded the Junior Prima Prize as an outstanding young artist of the year in Hungary; she is also a scholarship recipient of the German Music Competition.

    Already established in her native Hungary, Ildikó Szabó has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer, the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Budapest, and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2018/19 season includes performances of Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Magdeburgische Philharmonie in Berlin and the Miklós Rózsa Concerto Op.32 with Concerto Budapest.

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    In April 2017 Ildikó Szabó made her recital debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus, invited by her mentor Sir Alfred Brendel to open the Festival “Hommage an Alfred Brendel”; in July of the same year she was invited to open the Zemplén Festival in Hungary with the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, while in September 2017 Szabó returned to Prussia Cove for a concert with Prof. Ferenc Rados. The 2017/18 season also included a series of over thirty recitals and chamber music concerts in venues throughout Germany including the NDR Hannover and Beethovenhaus in Bonn, as a laureate of the German Music Competition. In addition, she returned to the Liszt Academy in Budapest for a complete Brahms Trio cycle and made her debut at the Hay Festival in the UK, as part of the BBC Radio 3 showcase, presenting the British Premiere of the Dora Pejačević cello sonata. Her interest in working with living composers has led her to collaborate with Peter Eötvös and György Kurtág.

    Invited to world leading music festivals, in August 2018, Ildikó Szabó made her debut at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival was invited to the Gstaad String Academy and appeared at the Mendelssohn Festi-val with Hamburger Symphoniker. Debut at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele will follow in 2019. Previous festival invitations have included the Verbier Festival, The International Holland Music Sessions, Heidelberger Frühling, Rheingau Festival, and the Budapest Spring Festival. She was invited twice to the Krzyzowa Chamber Music Festival and the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar and was a Festival Fellow at the 2016 Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles.

    Ildiko Szabó has recorded two CDs for Hungaroton Classic. “Dances of the Elves”, recorded when she was 14, presents a collection of virtuosic pieces. The second, a collaboration with her father, cellist Peter Szabó and conductor Zsolt Hamar released in 2014, brings back to life the music of Pablo Casals’ friend and fa-vourite composer, Emanuel Moór.

    Ildikó Szabó attended the Exceptional Talents’ Class at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, while studying every summer with the late János Starker, and subsequently went on to study under Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts where she was awarded a Master’s degree in 2018. She is currently studying for a Konzertexamen with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik in Wei-mar. Ildikó Szabó is a scholarship holder of the Study Foundation of the German Nation currently plays an Antonio Sgarbi cello (Rome, 1894), generously loaned by the German Foundation of Musical Life.

    September 2018

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Popper: Elfentanz, op.39
with István Lajkó (piano) – March 2019
Penderecki: Suite per violoncello solo – 1st movement, Preludio
January 2018
Beethoven: 7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”
with István Lajkó (piano) – December 2016
Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer – December 2014


Please contact us for a full list of 21st Century repertoire

  • Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel
  • Concerto in A major

  • Beethoven
  • Triple Concerto

  • Boccherini
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in B-flat-major (arr. Grützmacher)

  • Dvořák
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in b-minor
    Silent Woods

  • Elgar
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in e-minor

  • Haydn
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in C-major
    Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in D-major

  • Klengel, J.
  • Double Concerto for Two Cellos in e-minor

  • Lalo
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in d-minor

  • Ligeti
  • Cello Concerto

  • Moór, E.
  • Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra in D-major

  • Prokofiev
  • Sinfonia Concertante

  • Saint-Saëns
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in a-minor

  • Schumann
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in a-minor

  • Shostakovich
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 in E-flat-major

  • Tchaikovsky
  • Variations on a Rococo Theme
    Pezzo Capriccioso
    Andante Cantabile

  • Vivaldi
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in b-minor
    Double Concerto for Two Cellos in g-minor

  • Bach JS
  • Air from Suite No. 3 for orchestra
    Solo Suite No.1 in G-major, BWV 1007
    Solo Suite No.2 in d-minor, BWV 1008
    Solo Suite No.3 in C-major, BWV 1009
    Solo Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
    Solo Suite No.5 in c-minor, BWV 1011
    Solo Suite No.6 in D-major BWV 1012

  • Bartók
  • Rhapsody No. 1
    Rumanian Folk Dances

  • Beethoven
  • Sonata No.1 in F-major, op. 5
    Sonata No.2 in g-minor, op. 5
    Sonata No.3 in A-major, op. 69
    Sonata No.4 in C-major, op. 101
    Sonata No.5 in D-major, op. 102
    7 variations on ,Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’

  • Boccherini
  • Sonata in A-major G.4
    Sonata in c-minor G.2

  • Boulanger, Nadia
  • 3 pieces for cello and piano

  • Bottermund-Starker
  • Variations on a theme of Paganini

  • Brahms
  • Sonata in e-minor
    Sonata in F-major

  • Britten
  • Cello Sonata in C, op. 65

  • Casals, Pablo
  • El cant dels ocells

  • Cassado
  • Dance of the green devil
    Solo Suite

  • Chopin
  • Introduction et polonaise brillante

  • Clarke, Rebecca
  • Epilogue

  • Davidov
  • At the Fountain

  • Debussy
  • Sonata in d-minor

  • Dvořák
  • Rondo
    Waldesruhe (Silent Woods/Klid)

  • Dutilleux
  • Trois Strophes sur le Nom de Sacher

  • Elgar
  • Salut d’Amour

  • Eötvös, Peter
  • Two Poems to Polly

  • Fauré
  • Après un rêve

  • Franck
  • Sonata in A-major

  • Francoeur
  • Sonata in E-major

  • Gabrielli, Domenico
  • Ricercar No. 7

  • Goldmark, Karl
  • Sonata in F-major

  • Grieg
  • Sonata in a-minor

  • Halphen, Ferdinan
  • Romance

  • Kodály
  • Adagio
    Romance lirique
    Solo Sonata

  • Kukal, Ondřej
  • Violoncelliana – 2. Rhapsody for solo cello

  • Kurtág
  • 19 Jelek, játékok és üzenetek (Signs, Games and Messages) for solo cello (1987-2008) Selection

  • Ligeti
  • Sonata for cello solo

  • Lischka, Rainer
  • Suite for Violoncello Solo

  • Martinu
  • Variations on a Theme of Rossini

  • Mendelssohn, Felix
  • Cello Sonata no.1 in B-flat major, op.45
    Cello Sonata no.2 in D-major, op.58

  • Mendelssohn, Fanny
  • Fantasy in G-major

  • Paganini
  • Capriccio No. 13 „Devil’s Laughter“

  • Papandopulo, Boris
  • Rhapsody for cello solo

  • Pejačević, Dora
  • Cello Sonata in e-minor, op.35

  • Piazzolla
  • Le Grand Tango

  • Popper
  • Gavotte in d-minor
    Gavotte in D-major
    Dance of the Elves (Elfentanz)
    Spinning Song
    Russische Fantasie

  • Poulenc
  • Sonata for Cello and Piano, FP. 143

  • Prokofiev
  • Sonata in C-major

  • Rachmaninov
  • Vocalise
    Sonata in G minor, op.19

  • Resch, Gerald
  • Al fresco

  • Rimsky-Koraskov
  • The Flight of the Bumblebee

  • Rostropovich
  • Humoresque

  • Rózsa, Miklós
  • Toccata capricciosa

  • Saariaho, Kaija
  • Petals for Solo Cello with electronics

  • Saint-Saëns
  • The Swan from Carnival of the Animals

  • Schubert
  • Arpeggione Sonata in a-minor
    Sonatina in D-major, D384 (op posth 137)

  • Schumann
  • Adagio und Allegro
    Fünf Stücke im Volkston

  • Shostakovich
  • Sonata in d-minor

  • Strauss
  • Sonata in F-major

  • Stravinsky
  • Italian Suite

  • Szabó, Csaba
  • Sonatina „Looking back“ in C-major
    Sonatina for cello and piano

  • Tchaikovksy
  • Nocturne
    Pezzo Capriccioso
    Andante cantabile
    Valse sentimentale

  • Williams, Lenny
  • Scherzo

  • Valentini
  • Sonata in E-major

  • Van Parys, Annelies
  • Chacun(e) sa chaconne

  • Ysaye
  • Solo Sonata

  • Yun, I-sang
  • Li Na in the Garden