Prof. Peter Szabo

Peter Szabo

Soloist, Conductor


Péter Szabó from Hungary is the principal cellist of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and gives Masterclasses worldwide. His past engagements include positions as a solo cellist with the Hungarian Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Salzburg where he worked together with Sándor Végh and Sir Roger Norrington.

As solo cellist of the World Orchestra for Peace, founded by Sir George Solti, he received in 2010  the UNESCO Artist for peace. In that same year he was awarded the Franz Liszt Prize for artistic accomplishments given by the Hungarian State.

Peter Founded a Chamber Orchestra
In 2010, Péter Szabo has founded the Sinfonietta Pannonica Chamber Orchestra, of which he is the artistic director and conductor. Szabó studied at the Music Academy in Kolozsvár (Klausenburg) and at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest with Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág and László Mező where he graduated “Cum laude” in 1991.

A Committed Performer

Péter Szabó is particularly committed – beside performing the standard repertoire – to introduce the rarely performed masterpieces of the Hungarian and international cello literature to the general public.

Peter Wins Competitions

Péter Szabó has won several competitions, including the National Competition in Romania and the “International Competition Markneukirchen” in Germany. He was also awarded a “Special Prize” from the “International Association of Musicologists” in Genf in 1994. 

With Sir Yehudi Menuhin

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

His Musical Partnerships

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, Yuri Bashmet and Alexander Lonquich.