Selected Press Excerpts

"Szasz could easily hold his own with the finest 
violinists on the solo circuit. He was in rare form, 
rendering clean, crisp articulations, furious 
cascades of scales and a consistently rich sound."
 
The Birmingham News, Birmingham, USA


"The exquisite solo playing by concertmaster 
Daniel Szasz most eloquently attested to what 
makes the Fifth Symphony (Vaugh-Williams) so 
beautifully fragile and vulnerable." 

The Birmingham News


"Several solos from concertmaster Daniel Szasz 
were breathtaking." 

The Birmingham News


"Daniel Szasz, a musician of substance, with a 
charming personality. played masterfully, with 
much sensitivity, leading powerfully the musical 
discourse in its continuous dialogue with the 
orchestra. the climaxes were impressive, and the
 
relaxed moments were full of light and peaceful." 

Tribuna, Sibiu, Romania 


"In Vivaldi's Seasons, the soloist (Szasz) 
demonstrated his knowledge of the Baroque 
performance style. His interpretation of the slow 
movements and the precision of his technique were 
truly remarkable." 

Adevarul de Cluj, Cluj, Romania


"In Barber's violin concerto, Daniel Szasz's playing 
was virtuous and virtuosic. A combination one 
encounters all too rarely among concerto soloists."
 
The Birmingham News 


"The playing of Daniel Szasz was strong, confident 
and expressive, and at the end it was very close to 
seamless." 

The Chautauqua Daily, Chautauqua, New York


"William Bolcom's minor-key "Graceful Ghost" of 1970
revealed a side of Szasz's playing few ASO audiences
hear. Slow, tender and nostalgic with a hint of the blues,
this was an engaging, thoughtful performance with lyrical
gestures that drove to the heart of all music, not just
ragtime." 

The Birmingham News


"In Finzi's Violin Concerto, violinist Daniel Szasz ...
showcased his considerable virtuosity in the outer
movements, performing with touching nostalgia and
wistful longing in the slow movement."
The Birmingham News


"The broad, expansive finale was performed like a long,
eloquent conversation with whispers, arguments, and
shouts. Szasz brilliantly projected the work's (Smetana
Trio Op. 15) Slavic temperament as the trio advanced
toward its blazing conclusion."
The Birmingham News


"The finale (of babadjanian's Trio in F sharp minor) was a
rhythmic roller coaster ride, Szasz and Liu harmonizing in
double-stops, Kasman's infectious playing transmitting
energy. ... With world-class performances such as this, it
is worth a reminder that these musicians live in the
Birmingham area. Then again, filling a hall with chamber
 music on a weeknight speaks volume."
The Birmingham News


"Szasz's robust, urgent and incisive playing soared
through the angst of the second movement (of Franck's
Sonata for Violin and Piano), the dark clouds of the third
and the gently rocking canon of the the finale."
The Birmingham News


"Szasz's cleared-tone warmth and assertive playing
dominated the performance (of Mozart's Piano and Violin
Concerto K. 315f), but particularly so in the first and third
movement cadenzas. Rhythmic hesitations at the
beginning of the phrases and judiciously placed accents
were especially alluring. Voicu, who is Szasz's wife,
responded with perfectly matched phrasing and digitally
precise technique."
The Birmingham News
                       
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Concerto Repertoire

Arnold
Concerto for two violins and string orchestra, Op. 77

J.S. Bach

Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
Concerto for two violins, in D minor, BWV 1043
Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060
Brandenburg Concertos
Barber
Concerto for violin and orchestra
Bartók
Concerto No. 1
Beethoven
Romance in G major, Op. 40
Romance in F major, Op. 50
Triple Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, in C major, Op. 56
Bence-Muk
Transylvanian Seasons for violin and orchestra

Berlioz
Reverie et Caprice for violin and orchestra, Op. 8
Brahms
Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra, in A minor, Op. 102
Dorman
Concerto Grosso

Dvorak
Romance for violin and orchestra, in F minor, Op. 11

Enescu
Balada for violin and orchestra
Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 for violin and orchestra  (arr. Harmon) 

Ewazen

Concerto for trumpet, violin and orchestra

Fasch
Concerto for trumpet, oboe, violin and orchestra, in E major
Foss

Three American Pieces for violin and orchestra

Glazunov

Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Haydn

Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra, in F major, Hob. XVIII:6

Hertel

Concerto for trumpet, violin and orchestra                               
Hubay

Scene de la Csarda (Hejre Kati) for violin and orchestra

Jaurena

Duo Concertante for violin, bandoneon and orchestra

Kreisler

Concerto in the style of Vivaldi
Landers
Concerto for violin and orchestra (composed for Daniel Szasz)

Lehar

Hungarian Fantasy for violin and orchestra

Lumbye

Concert-Polka for two violins and orchestra                                       
Maderna

Music of Gaiety for violin, oboe and orchestra
Maxwell Davies
A Spell for Green Corn - The MacDonald Dances for violin and orchestra
Mendelssohn
Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Concerto in D minor for violin and string orchestra
Concerto for violin, piano and string orchestra
Menotti
Concerto in A minor
Mozart
Concerto No. 3, in G major, K. 216
Concerto No. 4, in D major, K. 218

Concerto No. 5, in A major, K 219
Concertone for two violins and orchestra, in C major, K. 190
Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, in E flat major, K. 364

Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra (ed. Wilby)

O’Connor

Strings & Threads Suite for violin and string orchestra
The American Seasons for violin and orchestra

Pergolesi
Concerto in B flat major
Piazzolla

The Four Seasons of  Buenos Aires for violin and orchestra

Porumbescu

Balada for violin and orchestra

Prokofieff
Concerto No.2, in G minor, Op. 63
Rouse
Orange Blossom Special for violin and orchestra (arr.)
Saint-Saens

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28

La Muse et le Poëte for violin, cello and orchestra

Sarasate
Navarra for two violins and orchestra

Schnittke
Concerto Grosso No. 2 for two violins and orchestra
Still
Suite for violin and orchestra

Svendsen
Romance for violin and orchestra, Op. 26
Tchaikovsky

Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42  
Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34

Telemann

Concerto for violin, trumpet and orchestra
Concerto for four violins and orchestra

Ungar

Ashoken Farewell for violin and orchestra
Vaughn-Williams

The Lark Ascending
Vieuxtemps
Souvenir D’Amerique for violin and orchestra, Op. 17

Vivaldi
Concertos Nos. 1-4, Op. 8 “The Four Seasons”
Concertos for 2, 3, and 4 violins and orchestra
Concerto for violin, trumpet and orchestra
Wieniawski

Concerto No. 2, in D minor, Op. 22
Williams, John
Three Pieces from Schindler’s List
Tango Por Una Cabeza for violin and orchestra (Gardel/arr. Williams)
Fiddler on the Roof for violin and orchestra (Bock/arr. Williams)