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The viola player Máté Szűcs was born in 1978 in Debrecen. In 1988 he won the Special Prize of the Hungarian Violin Competition for Young Artists, and in 1994 he was awarded First Prize at the Szeged Violin Competition and First Prize for the Best Sonata Duo in the Hungarian Chamber Music Competition. At the age of seventeen he changed from violin to viola and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Royal Conservatory of Flanders with the highest distinction. At the age of twenty he was awarded First Prize for viola at the international violin and viola competition in Liege, Belgium, and was a finalist in the Jean Françaix International Viola Competition in Paris and a laureate of the Tenuto International Music Competition in Brussels. From 1998 to 2001 he studied at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth where he graduated with the highest distinction. Since 2003 he has served as principal viola player in various prestigious orchestras. Between 2007 and 2009 he taught at the University of Music in Saarbrücken and since 2012 has been viola tutor at the Britten-Pears Festival in Aldeburgh, England. He makes regular appearances as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Since September 2011 he has served as first solo viola player in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is also a teacher at the orchestral academy.

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