Máté Szücs was a first prize winner on viola at the International Violin and Viola Competition in Liège, Belgium. He was also a finalist at the International Viola Competition
‘Jean Françaix’ in Paris and laureate of the International Music Competition ‘Tenuto’ in Brussels.
Szücs was just eleven when he won the special prize at the Hungarian Violin Competition for Young Artists. He went on to win first prize at the Violin Competition of Szeged and first prize for ‘Best Sonata Duo’ at the Hungarian Chamber Music Competition. At the age of seventeen, he changed from the violin to the viola and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Royal Conservatory of Flanders with the highest distinction. He continued his studies at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth where he obtained his diploma, again, with the highest distinction.
Szücs is a member of various chamber ensembles such as the Mendelssohn Ensemble, Trio Dor, Enigma Ensemble and Fragments Ensemble. He has been a solo viola player with various prestigious orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, the Bamberger Symphoniker, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Szücs is a very enthusiastic teacher and has previously held a teaching position at the University of Music in Saarbrücken, the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark and is also viola tutor at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, UK. Szücs is regularly invited as a soloist in Europe and plays chamber music together with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Ilja Gringolts and Vladimir Mendelssohn. Since September 2011 he has been the principal solo viola player at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he teaches viola at the orchestra academy.
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