*1993 in Hungary
Kronberg Academy Professional Studies
Studies with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt
funded by the Christa Verhein Scholarship
Hungarian cellist Ildikó Szabó, who was born in 1993 into a family of musicians, studied with László Mező at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest from the age of 11, and was taught by János Starker in Bloomington (Indiana, USA) every summer. In 2011, she began studying with Jens Peter Maintz at Berlin University of the Arts and in 2018 became a student of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar, also taking on the role of assistant for his class during the 2019/20 winter semester. 2014 saw Ildikó Szabó win 2nd prize, the audience prize and seven special prizes in the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition. Furthermore, she has won prizes at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, the TONALi Grand Prix, the David Popper International Cello Competition, the International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro and the Liezen International Cello Competition.
A glimpse into my world: Ildikó Szabó
As a soloist, Szabó has performed with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer as well as with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Budapest Symphonic Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Magdeburgische Philharmonie and Symphoniker Hamburg. In 2019, she gave her debut at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and 2018 saw debuts at the Hay Festival on the BBC, at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and at the International Mendelssohn Festival. Earlier festival appearances included the Verbier Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions, Heidelberger Frühling, the Krzyżowa-Music Festival and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles.
Ildikó Szabó has performed in prestigious concert halls such as the Mariinsky Theatre, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Elbphilharmonie, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. At the invitation of her mentor, Alfred Brendel, she gave her debut in the “Hommage à Brendel” festival at Konzerthaus Berlin in 2017.
Her third CD is dedicated to Hungarian music for solo cello. It contains works by Péter Eötvös and György Kurtág, as well as by Kodály, Ligeti and her grandfather, Csaba Szabó.
Ildikó Szabó is a prize winner of Gautier Capuçon’s “Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle” at the Louis Vuitton Foundation and holds a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. She plays a cello by Antonio Sgarbi (Rome 1894), which is generously loaned to her by Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Ildikó Szabó has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt since October 2020. Her studies are funded by the Christa Verhein Scholarship.
Ildikó Szabó in concert
Last updated: May 2021