Antal Zalai's "perfect technique, beautiful, large tone; real musical finesse and maturity"* have been highly appreciated by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Fabio Luisi, Igor Oistrakh*, Shlomo Mintz, Erick Friedman, Tibor Varga, Zoltán Kocsis and Roby Lakatos among others.
He has won over 15 prizes in total amount of $120,000 at such international competitions as the Queen Elisabeth, Indianapolis, Kreisler, Enescu or Lipizer.
Since superstar Monica Bellucci introduced him in Paris at age twelve [video], Antal has performed in 36 countries on 3 continents, including the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Berlin Philharmonie, Wiener Musikverein, Kölner Philharmonie, Moscow Conservatory and recorded 7 solo albums released by BMC, Hungaroton and Brilliant Classics labels.
His list of performances include a joint recital with Jose Carreras in Switzerland; a concerto appearance at New York's Central Park and a performance for Prince Charles in the Kensington Palace in London.
Festival appearances: Istanbul, George Enescu, Budapest Spring, Yuri Bashmet, David Oistrakh, Al Bustan, Bellagio international music festivals among others.
At nearly 2 Million views on his YouTube channel, Antal is among the most-watched classical violinists on the internet, establishing his online reputation as "not a showman like many other violinists but he is among the five firsts of the world. Brilliant, a violinist to violinists."
Antal plays the 1733 "ex-Garay" Antonius Stradivarius.