PROFESSORS

Hegedű, cselló, zongora és kamarazene mesterkurzusok
Budapest, 2021. augusztus 22 - augusztus 29.
VIOLIN

Virginie Robilliard

Young Laureate of the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, including special prizes for the best performances of Bach’s Chaconne and Rochberg’s Rhapsody and Prayer. Virginie Robilliard has performed with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Philarmonique de Radio-France, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra among others…

She made her New York debut at the age of 19, in a critically acclaimed performance (The New York Times) of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski at Avery Fisher Hall. Miss Robilliard’s international career has included appearances in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Canada and the United States, she is regularly invited to give master classes all over the world.

Born from a family of musicians, Virginie Robilliard gave her first public concert at the age of five. She was awarded First Prize by the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon at seventeen, and she graduated from the Juilliard School in 1993, as a student of Dorothy Delay.

Virginie Robilliard is professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne Switzerland since 2015.
CELLO

Ildikó Szabó


Acclaimed for her musical intellect and imagination coupled with technical virtuosity, Ildikó Szabó is a laureate of the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in 2014 where she was the winner of the 2nd Prize, the Audience Award, and 7 Special Prizes. She is also a top prize winner of the German Music Competition, TONALi Grand Prix, Popper International Competition, Janigro International Competition, and Liezen International Competition.

Already established in her native Hungary, in 2013 she was awarded the Junior Prima Prize as the Best Young Artist of the year. Ildikó has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concerto Budapest and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. Invited to major music festivals she made her debut at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2019, the BBC at Hay Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Mendelssohn Festival with Hamburger Symphoniker in 2018. In 2017 she made her recital debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus, invited by her mentor Sir Alfred Brendel. Previous festival invitations have included the Verbier Festival, Holland Music Sessions, Heidelberger Frühling, Rheingau Festival, Krzyzowa Music, Piatigorsky Cello Festival Los Angeles. Working closely with leading living composers, her current recording dedicated to Hungarian music for solo cello will feature works by Péter Eötvös and György Kurtág as well as by Zoltán Kodály, György Ligeti and her grandfather Csaba Szabó. Scheduled for release on Hungaroton in 2020, it will be the third album in her discography. “Dances of the Elves”, recorded when she was only 14, presents a collection of virtuosic pieces. The second, a collaboration with her father, cellist Peter Szabó and conductor Zsolt Hamar released in 2014, brings back to life the music of Pablo Casals’ friend and favourite composer, Emanuel Moór.

Ildikó Szabó attended the Exceptional Talents’ Class at the Liszt Academy Budapest from the age of 11, while studying every summer with the legendary János Starker, and went on to study under Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts where she was acquired a Master’s degree in 2018.

She is currently studying for the postgraduate Concert Diploma (‘Konzertexamen’) which is the highest possible performance degree, with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar. In addition to her studies, she will be taking over the assistance for the cello class in 2019/20 at the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar.
CELLO

Péter Szabó


Péter Szabó is the principal cellist of the world-famous Budapest Festival Orchestra. He studied at the Music Academy in Cluj, then at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest as a student of László Mező, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág.

Péter Szabó is a prize – winner in several competitions including the National Competition in Romania and the “International Competition Markneukirchen” in Germany. Péter Szabó was awarded with a “Special Prize” from the “International Association of Musicologists” (IMS) in Geneva in 1994. He was awarded the Hungarian Classical Award of the Gramophone Magazine for the “Best Hungarian Classical Music Performer of the Year“. As a member of the World Orchestra for Peace – founded by Sir George Solti, he was awarded the UNESCO Artist for Peace title by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
In 2011 Péter Szabó has been awarded the Franz Liszt Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes for artistic accomplishments given by the Hungarian State. He was also awarded with the Lajtha Prize for his outstanding interpretation of László Lajtha’s compositions. As a soloist and member of chamber music ensembles he has given concerts in Europe, Latin America , Far East and United States.

His many CD recordings, which also contain new discoveries and world premieres, are on labels such as BBC records, Channel Classics, Electrecord, Hungaroton and Naxos (including works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Dohnányi, Dvořak, Goldmark, Haydn, Koessler, Lajtha, Liszt, Moór, Pleyel, Rózsa, Rossini, Seiber, Szabó, Terényi, Vanhal).

He has finished the edition of the Pleyel Cello Concertos for Simrock (Boosey & Hawkes) Edition Company. He has discovered the manuscripts of these outstanding Cello Concertos and composed the cadences, made the piano reductions. As a professor Péter Szabó has given masterclasses all over the world: at the European Mozart Foundation founded by Sándor Végh , at the iClassical Academy, at the University of Sao Paulo, The Juilliard School, etc. He is currently also a lecturer at Leó Weiner Conservatory of Music. Péter Szabó is the artistic director – together with Michael Gieler– of The Bach Bridges Festival at the Budapest Music Center which is a collaboration between musicians of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and their colleagues of the Royal Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam .
PIANO

István Lajkó


István Lajkó started his music studies at Ágnes Lakatos, then he was a student of Sándor Falvai and Balázs Szokolay and graduated with honors in 2007 from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. Then, in 2014, he received a doctorate in summa cum laude. Mr. Lajkó has won a number of prestigious prizes home and abroad: He won the Béla Bartók Prize in the competition of the International Summer Music Academy of Baden, he is also winner of the Yamaha scholarship. He won First Prize in the Andor Földes Piano Competition. In 2010 he was awarded the Junior Prima Prize in the category of Hungarian Music. Mr. Lajkó has performed in Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, China and the United States and several cities in Hungary.

In 2008, 2010 and 2013, he was selected as a soloist on the New Masters on Tour at the International Holland Music Sessions and four times as a member of the Summer Festival faculty. In 2017, he received an honorary concert from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Weimar, where in 2013 he was also an assistant to his teacher, Balázs Szokolay. During his studies, he also received a postgraduate art scholarship from the German DAAD organization. He is currently an associate professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and a senior lecturer at the Cologne College of Music and Dance.
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CHAMBER MUSIC / PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT

Ágota Lénárt


Ágota Lénárt is a pianist, an excellent accompanist/repetiteur and professor. Born in Nagyvárad (Oradea), she studied music at the Cluj Academy of Music, where she graduated with honors in 1985. In 1983 she attended Weimar Master Classes with Bernard Ringeissen, and since 1989 she has been an active and passive student at the International Bartók Seminar and Festival in Szombathely for several times. For two years she studied with prof. Ferenc Rados. She performed in such acclaimed halls like the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Teatro al Fenice in Venice, the Ateneul Roman in Bucharest, the Palace of Arts in Budapest, the Hungarian Academy of Rome, the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, the Vigadó and the Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio. She won prizes in numerous music competitions, most recently at the Zathureczky Memorial Competition, where she won the special award from the Budapest Pedagogical Institute. She recorded with Ildikó Szabó the album “Dance of the Elves” for Hungaroton record company. She is currently the Vice-director of the Leó Weiner Music School and Music High School in Budapest.