"An exceptional violinist, who has perfect technique, beautiful large tone, real musical finesse and maturity as well as noble personalty", declared the legendary Russian violinist Igor Oistrakh of Antal Zalai, who is steadily establishing himself as one of the great violinists of his generation.
Since superstar Monica Bellucci introduced him in Paris at age twelve [video], Zalai has performed in 38 countries on 4 continents, including the Berlin Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Wiener Musikverein, BOZAR Brussels, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Chan Centre Vancouver, Sala Sao Paulo, Moscow Conservatory, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, MÜPA Budapest, Sala Radio Bucharest and released 11 solo albums on Hungaroton, Brilliant Classics and BMC labels as well as his own label.
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.
Antal Zalai has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Fabio Luisi, Paavo Järvi, Yoel Levi, Lawrence Foster, Gilbert Varga, Ludovic Morlot, Laurent Petitgirard, Shlomo Mintz, Enrique Batiz, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry and Gábor Takács-Nagy, among others.
Festival appearances: Istanbul, George Enescu, Budapest Spring, Yuri Bashmet, David Oistrakh, Al Bustan, Bellagio, Lago Maggiore, Sion Valais, Sarajevo Winter, Ricardo Castro International Music Festivals among others.
Zalai plays the 1733 "ex-Garay" Antonius Stradivarius.