Antal Szalai made his UK debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Ludovic Morlot, his Berlin debut with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and his Hong Kong debut with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the direction of Yip Wing-sie.
Over recent seasons Antal Szalai has performed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukrainie, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Hungary, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. He has collaborated with eminent conductors such as Yoel Levi, Paavo Järvi, Gilbert Varga, Paul Goodwin, Ludovic Morlot, Laurent Petitgirard, Rico Saccani, Shlomo Mintz and Mykola Dyadyura.
Antal Szalai has given recitals in some of the most prestigious venues in the world. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 and has given recital performances at the Kennedy Center, Moscow Conservatory, Philharmonic Hall in St.Petersburg, Victoria Hall in Geneve, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Konzerthaus in Vienna and Chan Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver.
Antal Szalai has recorded three albums for BMC Records and Hungaroton Classic. His first album was named "Editor's Choice" by Gramophone Magazine and garnered praises from various publications including BBC Music Magazine and Classics Today.
First prize winner of the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition (2004), Tibor Varga International Violin Competition (2005) and Valsesia Musica International Violin Competition (2004), Antal Szalai was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1981. There he first studied with Laszlo Denes and Peter Komlos. He completed his studies under Katalin Sebestyen in Brussels. In addition, he attended masterclasses with Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Erick Friedman, Tibor Varga and Lewis Kaplan.
Antal Szalai plays the 1733 "ex-Garay" Stradivarius violin on loan to him from a private sponsor.