Ildikó Szabó

Ildikó Szabó – cellistIldikó-Szabó-HP

    Acclaimed for her musical intellect and imagination coupled with technical virtuosity, Ildikó Szabó is a laure-ate of the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition where she was the winner of the 2nd Prize, the Audience Award, and 7 Special Prizes. She is also a top prize winner of the German Music Competition, TONALi, Popper International Competition, Janigro International Competition and Liezen International Competition.

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    Already established in her native Hungary, in 2013 she was awarded the Junior Prima Prize as the Best Young Artist of the year. Ildikó has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer, the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. Invited to major music festivals she made her debut at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2019 and at the Hay Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Mendelssohn Festival with Hamburger Symphoniker in 2018. The 2017/18 season included over thirty recitals throughout Germany, while at the invitation of Steven Isserlis she returned to Prussia Cove to perform with Ferenc Rados. In 2017 she made her debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus, invited by her mentor Sir Alfred Brendel. Previous festival invitations have included the Verbier Festival, Holland Music Sessions, Heidelberger Früh-ling, Rheingau Festival, Krzyzowa Music, Piatigorsky Cello Festival Los Angeles.

    lldikó Szabó has a particular affinity with music of the 20th and 21st century. The 2018/19 season included performances of Shostakovich Concerto No. 2 with Magdeburgische Philharmonie in Berlin and she played the Budapest Premiere of the Miklós Rózsa Concerto with Concerto Budapest. In 2019 she was awarded the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work at the Mendelssohn Competition and premiered Christian Jost’s Lautlos II for solo cello, at the Konzerthaus Berlin. In 2019/20 she will be per-forming János Vajda’s Concerto with the Dohnányi Orchestra in celebration of the composer 70th birthday, and she will be premiering Gualterio Dazzi’s “Boulevard de la Dordogne”, conducted by Corinna Niemeyer, in Strasbourg. She will return to the Liszt Academy Budapest for an all-Shostakovich recital. Working with leading living composers, her current recording is dedicated to Hungarian music for solo cello and features works by Péter Eötvös and György Kurtág as well as by Kodály, Ligeti and her grandfather Csaba Szabó. Scheduled for release on Hungaroton in 2020, it will be the third album in her discography.

    Ildikó Szabó attended the Exceptional Talents’ Class at the Liszt Academy Budapest from the age of 11, while studying every summer with János Starker, and went on to study under Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts where she was awarded a Master’s degree. She is currently studying for a Konzertexamen with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, where addition to her studies, she is Professor Schmidt’s teaching assistant for 2019/20. Ildikó Szabó is a scholarship holder of the Study Foundation of the German Nation currently plays an Antonio Sgarbi cello (Rome, 1894), gener-ously loaned by the German Foundation of Musical Life.

    October 2019

Aude-Marie Auphan (Artist Manager)
Nicolas Papageorgiou (Artist Manager)


Rózsa: Cello Concerto
Concerto Budapest, Domonkos Héja – April 2019
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto no.2
Magdeburgische Philharmonie – Nov 2018
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


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)

  • Dazzi, Gualtiero
  • Boulevard de la Dordogne

  • 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

  • Lalo
  • Cello Concerto n d-minor

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

  • Prokofiev
  • Sinfonia Concertante

  • Rózsa
  • Cello Concerto

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

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

  • Shostakovich
  • Concerto No. 1 in E-flat-major
    Concerto No. 2

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

  • Vajda, János
  • Cello Concerto

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

    Solo Cello
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian:
  • Six Solo Suites

  • Bottermund-Starker:
  • Variations on a theme of Paganini

  • Cassado:
  • Solo Suite

  • Dutilleux:
  • Trois Strophes sur le Nom de Sacher

  • Eötvös, Péter:
  • Two poems to Polly for a speaking cellist

  • Gabrielli, Domenico:
  • Ricercar No. 7

  • Jost, Christian:
  • lautlos II

  • Kodály:
  • Solo Sonata

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

  • Kurtág, György:
  • Az Hit
    Pilinszky: Gérard de Nerval
    Hommage á Cage
    The Hilary Jig

  • Ligeti:
  • Sonata for cello solo

  • Lischka, Rainer:
  • Suite for Violoncello Solo

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

  • Papandopulo, Boris:
  • Rhapsody for cello solo

  • Penderecki:
  • Preludio from the Suite for solo cello

  • Resch, Gerald:
  • Al fresco

  • Rózsa, Miklós:
  • Toccata capricciosa

  • Saariaho, Kaija:
  • Petals for solo cello with electronics

  • Smolka, Martin:
  • Like Ella

  • Szabó, Csaba:
  • Suite for solo cello and cowbells

  • Williams, Lenny:
  • Scherzo

  • Ysaye:
  • Solo Sonata

    Cello and Piano
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian:
  • Air from Suite No. 3 for orchestra

  • Bartók:
  • Rhapsody No. 1
    Rumanian Folk Dances

  • Beethoven:
  • Sonata No. 1 in F-major
    Sonata No. 2 in g-minor
    Sonata No. 3 in A-major
    Sonata No. 4 in C-major
    Sonata No. 5 in D-major
    12 Variations on “See the conqu’ring hero comes” from Händel’s Judas Maccabaeus
    12 Variations on „Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen“ from Mozart’s Magic Flute
    7 Variations on „Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen“ from Mozart’s Magic Flute

  • Boccherini:
  • Sonata in c-minor G.2
    Sonata in A-major G.4
    Sonata „L’Imperatrice“

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

  • Britten:
  • Sonata in C

  • Casals:
  • El cant dels ocells

  • Cassado:
  • Dance of the green devil

  • Chopin:
  • Introduction et polonaise brillante
    Sonata in g-minor

  • Couperin:
  • Pièces en concert

  • Davidov:
  • At the Fountain

  • Debussy:
  • Beau soir (for guitar and cello)
    Sonata in d-minor

  • De Falla:
  • Suite populaire espagnole

  • Dvořák:
  • Rondo
    Waldesruhe (Silent Woods/Klid)

  • Elgar:
  • Salut d’Amour

  • Fauré:
  • Après un rêve

  • Franck:
  • Sonata in A-major

  • Francoeur:
  • Sonata in E-major

  • Goldmark, Karl:
  • Sonata in F-major

  • Grieg:
  • Sonata in a-minor

  • Halphen, Fernand:
  • Romance

  • Kodály:
  • Adagio
    Romance lirique

  • Martinu:
  • Variations on a Theme of Rossini

  • Mendelssohn:
  • Sonata in B flat major
    Sonata in D-major

  • Pejacevic, Dora:
  • Sonata in e-minor

  • Piazzolla:
  • Le Grand Tango
    Invierno Porteño (for guitar and cello)

  • Poulenc:
  • Sonata

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

  • Prokofiev:
  • Sonata in C-major

  • Rachmaninov:
  • Vocalise

  • Rimsky-Koraskov:
  • The Flight of the Bumblebee

  • Rostropovich:
  • Humoresque

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

  • Schubert:
  • „Arpeggione Sonata“ in a-minor
    Die Nacht
    Der Leiermann (for guitar and cello)

  • 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 Do

  • Tchaikovksy:
  • Andante cantabile
    Pezzo capriccioso
    Valse sentimentale

  • Valentini:
  • Sonata in E-major

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

  • Villa-Lobos:
  • Aria, from Bachianas Brasileiras (for guitar and cello)