Ildikó Szabó

Birth date

April 14, 1993




Born into a musical family in Budapest. At the age of 11 she enrolled in a special course for gifted children at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (studying under Prof. László Mező). Since 2011 she has been training at the Berlin University of the Arts under Prof. Jens Peter Maintz. She has won prizes at more than fifteen different competitions. She won the 7th Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Poreč (Croatia, 2008) and the 4th David Popper International Cello Competition in Várpalota (Hungary, 2009). In 2014 she took second prize, the audience favourite award, and seven more special prizes at the Pablo Casals International Competition in Budapest. She has performed in such concert halls as Mariinsky II, the Concertgebouw, and the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. When she was 14 she made her début recording of popular virtuoso pieces. Now her discography includes Emanuel Moór’s Concerto for Two Cellos with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. She plays a cello made by Antonio Sgarbi in 1894 provided by the German Foundation for Musical Life.

Ildikó in pictures