Marcell Szabo


Born in 1987, Marcell SZABÓ was accepted at the Preparatory Class of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1999, where he studied under Gábor Eckhardt. In 2012 he obtained his piano diploma at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music as the student of György Nádor and András Kemenes. In 2010/11 he was a guest student at the Brussels Royal Academy of Music.

Currently he is a third-year doctoral student of the Liszt Academy. He participated in master courses led by Dmitri Bashkirov, Zoltán Kocsis, Imre Rohmann, Gergely Bogányi, Sándor Falvai, Balázs Szokolay and Jan Michiels, and has performed in several cities of Hungary as well as in the concert halls of Vienna, Bratislava, Paris, Madrid, Nagoya, Hamburg, Brussels and Luxembourg. In 2005 he received the Sári Bíró Memorial Award; his most prestigious competition wins include the second prize at the 2004 International Competition for Young Pianists "Zlatko Grgosević" in Zagreb, the first prize of the 14th Andor Földes Piano Competition, the special award of the Nagoya Piano Competition in 2008 and the first prize at the Szeged International Béla Bartók Piano Competition in 2014. Last year he brought home two distinguished prizes from Madrid and Paris: he took third place at the 33rd International Piano Competition Delia Steinberg, and won the first prize at the 14th International Piano Competition of Île de France. At his solo recital debut to be held in December 2015 in the Liszt Academy Solti Hall, he will present a fine selection of Romantic piano music, performing works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.

Although the decision to become a professional pianist had been continually formulating in his mind, at the age of 14 – when he broke his arm twice in a row, while roller skating – he was faced for the first time with the fact that an artist's career involves a great deal of sacrifice, too. The life of a pianist is fairly lonely, he says, therefore after a day spent practicing he likes to disengage himself his instrument and meet with his friends. In his spare time he enjoys composing for his own amusement, making videos, going for a jog or playing tennis. After completing his doctoral studies he plans to participate in as many music competitions as possible, which would help him expand his repertoire and promote both his domestic and international career.

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