Vilmos Szabadi is an internationally renowned virtuoso, winner of numerous prizes, and head of the violin department at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2018, he received the highest musical honor of Hungary – the Bartók-Pásztory Award. Vilmos Szabadi is a double prize winner of the prestigious Midem-Festival in Cannes (1999 and 2002) and has won numerous other awards, including Prima Musician of the Year (2012), Hungaroton (1999), and the Franz Liszt Prize awarded by the Hungarian government. He was the first prize winner of the 1982 Hungarian Radio Violin Competition and of the 1983 Hubay Competition, and the third prize winner of the 1985 Jean Sibelius competition in Finland.
Vilmos Szabadi regularly teaches master classes in Austria, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Finland, and the USA. His international career as a violinist took off after Sir Georg Solti invited him to perform Bartók’s second Violin Concerto during the Bartók Festival at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The great success of the performance led to invitations by the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, and many other leading orchestras across the globe. Szabadi has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, from the far East to the Northern countries and South America. Until today, he has recorded 59 CDs and LPs under different labels.
Szabadi was among the musicians invited by Prince Charles to perform at Buckingham Palace in honor of Sir Georg Solti’s 80th birthday. He is regularly invited as a juror of internationally renowned violin compe-titions, such as those held in Singapore and Hanover, Germany. Vilmos Szabadi initiated the first Bartók Violin Competition in Hungary in 2017. He plays a violin by Laurentius Storioni (Cremona, 1778).
(Status 2018, Source: Vilmos Szabadi)