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A Szabolcs Szilágyi was born to a family of artists. His father is an actor and his mother is a cultural manager, who works as an art gallery director.
He started studying music at the age of six in a specialised school. Singing in János Reményi’s choir was a defining experience for him. He made TV, radio and CD recordings with the choir, and, among several other prizes, they won not only the first prize in their category in 1985 at the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland, but also the Grand Prix.
Szabolcs Szilágyi started playing the flute at the age of nine. He graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where he was a student of the late Tihamér Elek. He then went to London to continue postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music with Susan Milan. Meanwhile, invited by the maestro, he attended Sir James Galway’s international seminar in Weggis, Switzerland, on several occasions.
He was supported in his studies, among others, by the Soros Foundation, New York, USA, the Pro Helvetia Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland, the Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom and the Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
Szabolcs Szilágyi has been a member of Concerto Budapest – formerly Hungarian Symphony Orchestra - since 1995. The orchestra’s artistic director is András Keller, leader of the world-famous Keller String Quartet and professor at the Chamber Music Department of the Liszt Academy. Mr. Szilágyi played at the Frankfurt Chamber Opera in 1996/1997, and was a regular member of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under baton Tamás Vásáry in season 2003/2004 and Ádám Fischer in season 2006/2007.
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As an orchestral musician, he has worked with such distinguished artists as conductors Kobayashi Ken Ichiro, Thierry Fischer, Yuri Simonov, Krzysztof Penderecki, János Fürst, Gerhard Markson, Michael Halász and Zoltán Kocsis, and soloists Gidon Kremer, Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Vadim Repin, Barbara Hendricks, Boris Berezovsky, Juliane Banse, Gilles Apap, Andrea Rost, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, László Polgár, Olga Kern, Jose Cura, Bobby McFerrin, Ildikó Komlósi and Branford Marsalis. He has toured in nearly all European countries, as well as Russia, China, the Middle East and the USA. He has made TV, DVD and radio recordings, as well as CD recordings for Hungaroton, BMC, Teldec/Warner and Naxos.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Szabolcs Szilágyi has performed in Hungary, among others, in the Valley of Arts, Zsámbék Jazz Open, where the concert was broadcast live by the Hungarian Radio, Merlin Theatre, Trafó - House of Contemporary Arts, the Hungarian National Museum and Concerto Budapest’s House of Music. Besides Concerto Budapest, he has also played with the Budapest Chamber Symphony and Amadinda Percussion Group, with the latter’s performance recorded on CD. His chamber music partners have included pianist László Borbély and jazz pianist Áron Tálas and guitarrist Krisztián Schweigert.
He premiered in Hungary the works of such composers as Lowell Liebermann, Mike Mower and David Heath.
In 2012 he had a solo concert at Weggis, Switzerland, at the Sir James Galway Flute Festival, where other distinguished guest artists included Denis Bouriakov, Andrea Griminelli, Philippe Bernold, Jim Walker, Raffaele Trevisani, Prof. Senqi He, Nicola Mazzanti, and Marlene Verwey.
He has been invited to participate in August 2013 at the Annual Convention of the National Flute Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States.
Flute Festival-Pécel is a national program was set off in 2010 that is organized every two years in the Ráday Castle of Pécel built in baroque style.
Vannak emberek - igaz nagyon kevés -, akikkel mindig jó talál-kozni és együttműködni, még akkor is, ha közben évek telnek el úgy, hogy ki-ki a maga útját járja.
Sir James Galway: www.jamesgalway.com
Lady Jeanne Galway: www.jeannegalway.com
Alan Weiss: www.alanweissflute.com
Czeloth Csetényi Gyula: www.czeloth.com
National Flute Association: www.nfaonline.org
Wm. S. Haynes Flutes Company: www.wmshaynes.com
Karsay Katalin Photography: www.karsaykatalin.com