The 23 year old pianist Botond Szőcs got noticed in the music world thanks to his unmistakable energetic temperament boosted by intense artistic feelings and expressed by a persuasive power of interpretation. Student at the Faculty of Music – Transilvania University of Braşov, under the guidance of professor Stela Drăgulin, a great name of Romanian and worldwide piano school, Botond has participated at numerous national and international competitions, winning ten first prizes, including First Prize and the Festival’s Trophy at the National Contest Victor Giuleanu (2012) and Remember Enescu Prize, awarded by George Enescu Foundation. These prizes were followed in 2017 by The Jury’s Special and Excellence Prizes at the Art Estival Brasov Contest – 7th Edition, as well as the American – Romanian Academy for Arts and Sciences Music Award for Excellence -The Best Concert Performer as a Soloist, Member of a Chamber Music Ensemble and Accompanist.
Botond Szőcs started as a soloist when he was just 17 years old, playing Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Major, KV 459 with Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu. Following that, he gave performances alongside the country accompanied by diverse philharmonic orchestras. His repertoire extended fast including the highlights of the genre, piano concertos belonging to W.A.Mozart, L.van Beethoven, E. Grieg, F. Liszt, R. Schumann, F. Chopin, S. Rachmaninov and W. Lutosławski.
Notable moments in Botond’s pianistic ascension are also the appearances with recital programs both in Romania and abroad, among which we mention tours from Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Madeira, Moldova, Montenegro and Germany to Vietnam and now, China.
Certainly Botond Szőcs’ career continues to climb and develop based on his exceptional technique and accurate intuition of music, managing to stylistically render unique interpretations of musical works from conception to execution.