Meet the Professor

 Dr. Istvan Szabó

Dr. István Szabó
Office Location: 224B Browne Hall
Title: Associate Professor
Visit: Viola

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. He also participated in workshops with world renowned artists and teachers such as Karen Tuttle, Hatto Beyerle (founding member of the Alban Berg String Quartet), Sándor Devich (founding member of the Bartók String Quartet), the Amadeus String Quartet, the Schubert String Quartet, and Paul Szabo, cellist of the Végh 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, the American Viola Society and the Chicago Viola Festival. 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 in national and international competitions, won orchestral positions and have been admitted in top graduate programs around the country.

Szabó served as artis/faculty in Summer Music Festivals in United States and Europe. He also appeared as a soloist with the Illinois Symphony, Quincy Symphony and Peoria Symphony. Currently Szabó is Assistant Principal Violist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Associate Principal Violist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Szabó concertized throughout Europe and the United States. He performs regularly as the violist for the Julstrom String Quartet and holds membership with the National Association for Music Education and the American Viola Society.

Viola at WIU with Dr. Istvan Szabo

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