Bartók World Competition

Vilmos Szabadi (H)

One of the most exceptionally talented violinists of our day, Vilmos Szabadi graduated from the Liszt Academy in 1983, then went on to postgraduate studies with Ruggero Ricci, Sándor Végh and Loránd Fenyves. In addition to many competition results, one of the most decisive appearances in his career was in 1988 when, at the invitation of György Solti and London Philharmonic Orchestra, he played Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 during the Bartók Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has made over 40 recordings, he was a double prize winner at Cannes for albums featuring Dohnányi’s violin concertos and Bartók’s early sonatas, and in 1999 he was presented with a Hungaroton Prize. Vilmos Szabadi has been a professor of the Liszt Academy since 1984, where he is head of the Violin Department. His current instrument is a masterwork from Cremona, a 1778 Laurentius Storioni from the collection of the Hungarian State.