School of Music

 Dr. Istvan Szabó

István Szabó, D.M.A.
Associate Professor, Viola
Browne Hall 224B
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Violist István Szabó is a graduate of the University of Illinois (M.M; DMA) and of the George Dima Academy of Music in Cluj, Romania with a double major in viola performance and pedagogy. He studied at the University of Illinois with Rudolf Haken. While a student at the George Dima Academy of Music, Szabo studied viola with Albert Derzsi, Marius Suarasan, and Chamber Music with Ferdinand Weiss and Ilse Laszlo-Herbert.

As a chamber musician, Szabó concertized throughout Europe and the United States. Some of these recitals received direct broadcast in the Romanian and the Hungarian TV as well as Radio stations. He also participated in workshops with prestigious artists and teachers such as Karen Tuttle, Hatto Beyerle (founding member of the Alban Berg String Quartet), Sandor Devich (founding member of the Bartok String Quartet), the Amadeus String Quartet, the Schubert String Quartet, and Pal Szabo, cellist of the Vegh String Quartet. Szabó has been on the music faculty at Western Illinois University since 2005.

Previously he served as viola/violin instructor at Eastern Illinois University, and Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois. Szabó appeared as clinician for the American String Teachers Association. In June 2016, Szabo presented a lecture/recital at the American Viola Society Festival at Oberlin Conservatory, performing the second viola concerto composed by Boris Isaakovich Zeidman. He is also in demand as an adjudicator, having served at Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions in the Midwest. Szabó's students participated successfully at national and international competitions, won orchestral positions and teaching positions and have been admitted to the top graduate programs around the country.

In March of 2017 the Western Illinois President’s International String Quartet coached by Szabó, won the 2nd prize at the national finals of the Music Teachers National Association competition in Baltimore, Md.

Szabó served as viola faculty in Summer Music Festivals in United States and Europe. Most recent appearances include solo recitals and master classes in Bulgaria and Ireland. He also appeared as a soloist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Quincy Symphony Orchestra. Currently Szabó is Assistant Principal Violist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Associate Principal Violist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra. He served as Principal Viola for the Prairie Ensemble and Associate Principal Violist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

Szabó performs regularly as the violist for the Julstrom String Quartet and holds membership with the National Association for Music Education, Music Teachers National Association and the American Viola Society.