YouTube violin star 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, 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.