College of Fine Arts and Communication

Meet the Professor


Office Location: 201 Browne Hall

Office Number: 309.298.1367


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.

Szabό 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.

Szabό 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. He appeared as clinician for the American String Teachers Association. His students participated successfully at national competitions and won orchestral positions.

As a violist Szabó appeared in several solo and chamber music recitals in the United States and Europe. Many of these recitals were broadcast on TV and radio. He served as Principal Viola for the Prairie Ensemble and Associate Principal Violist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra where he also appeared as soloist. Currently he is Associate Principal Violist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Principal violist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

Szabό performs regularly as the violist for the Julstrom String Quartet.

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