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Judit Szabó

Chamber Music Department, School for Exceptional Young Talents

Chamber Music, String Quartet

Academic degree, university position: DLA, senior lecturer

Studies:
1984–1988: Lovassy László Grammar School and Conservatory, Veszprém, cello major, professor: Sára Pájer
1988–1994: Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, major: Performance Cello and Teacher, professors: Tamás Koó, Sándor Devich, György Kurtág, András Mihály, Ferenc Rados
1991: Royal Academy of Music, London, String Quartet Major, professors: Amadeus String Quartet
2017: Doctor of Liberal Arts degree

Masterclasses and private lessons:
Nagy Róbert, Uzi Wiesel, Takács-Nagy Gábor, Christoph Poppen, Thomas Kakuska, Amadeus- and Guarneri String Quartet

Teaching experiences:
Chamber music and string quartet professor at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest from 2013
2006: Flaanderen Festival, Netherlands, Chamber Music Masterclass
2007: Great Mountain Music Festival, South-Korea, Chamber Music Masterclass
2006–2013: Norfolk, Connecticut, „Yale Summer School of Music”, Chamber Music Masterclass
2014: Montreal, Canada, McGill University, „International String Quartet Academy”, String Quartet Masterclass
2017: Budapest, Kurtág-Ligeti Workshop at Liszt Academy
2020: Budapest, Masterclass at Liszt Academy

Other activities:
1989–1996: Cellist of Auer String Quartet
1992–1998: Member of the Budapesti Festival Orchestra
1998–2018: Cellist of Keller String Quartet
2004- Cellist at UMZE contemporary ensemble
2012–2018: Cello Leader at Concerto Budapest Symphonic Orchestra
2017- Cellist of Central European String Quartet

Major jury members:
2010: March, Firenze, „ACERN-Premio Vittorio Gui” International Chamber Music Competition
2012: Februar, Graz, „Schubert und die Moderne Musik” International String Quartet Competition

Recordings:
C. M. von Weber: Pieces for clarinet and string quartet - Berkes Kálmán, Auer String Quartet /Naxos 1994 CD/
A. Knaifel: Svete Tikhiy - Oleg Malov, Keller String Quartet /ECM 2002 CD/
Lento: A. Schnittke, D. Shostakovich - Alexei Lubimov, Keller String Quartet /ECM 2003 CD/
J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge; Kurtág Gy: Chamber works - Keller String Quartet /EuroArts 2004 DVD/
Oboe Fantasy: W. A. Mozart, B. Britten, B. Martinu -  Heinz Holliger, Carolina Eyck, Robert Kolinsky /Medici Arts 2005 DVD/
W. A. Mozart: The Flute Quartets - Andrea Griminelli, Keller String Quartet /Decca 2006 CD/
Kurtág 80: Gy. Kurtág, Gy. Kurtág Jr. - Keller String Quartet, György Kurtág Jr. /BMC 2007 CD/
Ligeti String Quartets, Barber Adagio - Keller String Quartet /ECM 2013 CD/
Cantante e tranquillo - Keller String Quartet /ECM 2015 CD/

Major concerts (recitals, chamber music performances):
Budapest, Budapest Festival Orchestra „Coffee concerts” with Zoltán Kocsis,1992
Rome, Villa Medici, 1993 
Paris, Musée d’Orsay, 1994
Berlin, Philharmonie, 1995
Orlando Festival,1996
Milano, „György Kurtág Festival”, 1998
Edinborough, International Festival,1998
Bonn, „Beethoven Marathon”, 1998
Feldkirch, „Schubertiade”, 1999
London, Royal Festival Hall,1999
New York, „Mostly Haydn Festival” Lincoln Center, 1999
Mexico, „Cervantino Festival”, 2000
London, „BBC Proms”, Barbican Centre, 2000-2001
Amsterdam, Concertgebow, 2001
Firenze, Teatro Della Pergola, 2002
Genova, Teatro Carlo Felice, 2002
Karlsruhe, Stephanssal, 2002
Rome, Aula Magna, 2005
Pannonhalma, „Arcus Temporum” 2006
Brussel, Palais des Beaux-Arts, 2006
New York, Carnegie Hall, 2008
Norfolk, Yale Summer School of Music, 2008
Bologna, Palazzo Carrati, 2009
Budapest, Spring Festival, Liszt Academy Grand Hall, 2009
Cologne, „Musik Triennale”, 2010
Berlin, Philharmonie, „Musikfest Berlin 10”, 2010
Salzburg, Mozarteum, 2011
Festival d’Aix-en-Provance, 2011
Korea, Tongyeong Festival, 2012
Tokyo, Kioi Hall, 2012
London, Wigmore Hall, 2012
Washington, Library of Congress, 2013
Chicago, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 2013
Montreal, Pollack Hall, McGill University, 2013
Vienna, Konzerthaus, 2014
Buenos Aires, Teatro Colon, 2014
Nantes, “La folle Journee”, 2015
Budapest, Liszt Academy Grand Hall „Legendary concerts”, 2015
Shanghai, Symphony Hall, 2016
Manchester, RNCM Concert Hall, 2017
Veszprém, “Auer Festival”, 2017
Fertőd, Esterházy Castle, 2017
Padova, Sala dei Giganti, 2017
Budapest, Liszt Academy Grand Hall, 2018
Pannonhalma, „Arcus Temporum”, 2018
Budapest Liszt Academy Solti Hall, 2018
Salzburg, Schloss Mirabell, 2019
Budapest, Festetics Palace, 2019

Prizes:
1990: Weiner Leó Chamber Music Competition, Budapest: Auer String Quartet, 1st Prize
1992: Viotti International Chamber Music Competition, Vercelli, Italy: Auer String Quartet, 2nd Prize
1993: Evian String Quartet Competition, France: 2nd Prize and Special Prizes: „Critic’s prize”, „Best Mozart-performance prize”, „Villa Medici-prize”

Contacts:
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