With global recognition for his inventive approach to classical music, Attila Szasz has performed in recitals throughout Asia, Europe and North America as a soloist, and as an orchestral and chamber musician.
Growing up in a small town in Transylvania, Romania, Mr. Szasz’s instructors recognized his gift for music at an early age, and encouraged him to attend the prestigious Dr. Palló Imre Visual and Performing Arts High School. At age 16 – after already performing with the Szeklerland Symphonic Orchestra in Romania – he entered his first national string competition and placed in the top five.
Romania’s University of Oradea granted Mr. Szasz a full scholarship to pursue a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance and Cello Education, followed by a second scholarship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Chamber Music. Rising to the top of his class, he achieved recognition for performances in the Oradea State Philharmonic and Szeklerland Symphonic Orchestra and Quartet – both based in Romania.
Mr. Szasz continued to travel the world as a soloist, and a chamber and orchestra musician. He was the principal cellist in the Pommersfelden Music Festival orchestra in Germany and achieved acclaim for his solo and chamber performances in Hungary and Switzerland. In addition, he was committed to musical education in Romania – serving as a cello instructor at the Nagy Istvan Visual and Performing Arts High School and the Dr. Palló Imre Visual and Performing Arts High School.
More recently, Mr. Szasz was granted yet another full scholarship to West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Principal Cellist of the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra. He also traveled with the Camerata Philadelphia to China and was appointed Principal Cellist of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
Today, he continues to receive accolades for his talent and commitment to cello performance. Mr. Szasz currently teaches privately at Attila Szasz Cello Studio in Cary, NC. His students have prepared for auditions to hold high positions, such as principal cellist in local orchestras, have been awarded National Competition First Prizes, have performed at prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, and are regularly admitted to the world’s leading universities and music schools.
Mr. Szasz performs locally with Strings and Keys.