Madrid Soloists Chamber Orchestra

Madrid Soloists Chamber Orchestra is a newly founded, versatile ensemble based in Madrid. 

The members of the orchestra are players of the highest level and international experience, led by Hungarian violinist Gabor Szabo.

Madrid Soloists Chamber Orchestra focuses its attention on the traditional classical repertoire, targeting a new form of approaching and presenting it, from the baroque period to the contemporary production including excursions into jazz and crossover music.

Despite their short existence, they are estabilishing themselves among the leading ensembles in the musical world not only in Europe but also in Asia. Their future engagements will lead them to concert venues in the USA, South Korea, Hungary, Greece, France, Portugal, and Spain.

Gabor Szabo

(Concertmaster - Artistic Director)


Since 1993 Szabo has been a permanent soloist and recording artist of the Hungarian National Radio and has made more than 70 live recordings. His recitals are regularly broadcast by European television companies.

Gabor Szabo has performed as soloist with many renowned orchestras such as the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Budapest Chamber Orchestra, the Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, THE London&Viena Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Santa Cecilia, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Galicia among others, with such a conductors as Andras Ligeti, Janos Kovacs, Eduard Schmieder, Dmitri Loos, Gabor Hollerung, Adam Medveczky, Valeria Csanyi, Tamas Benedek and Zsolt Hamar, among others.
In 1996 he performed by special invitation for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Gabor Szabo is known for his wide-ranging repertoire, extending from Vivaldi to contemporary composers. As a recitalist Gabor Szabo has performed in more than twenty European countries, as well as the United States and South America. His duo partner is the Italian pianist and chamber musician, Domenico Codispoti. Szabo held the position of Concertmaster in the Budapest Symphony Orchestra (MAV) and soon after he was appointed Concertmaster of the Camerata Budapest Chamber

From 1998-99 he held that position in the Opera Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo, Brazil and he was principal violinist in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia in La Coruna, Spain.
Szabo frequently cooperates with orchestras as concertmaster in many European countries. As a leader he has worked with many renowned conductors such as Jean Jacques Kantorow, Vasily Petrenko, Rumon Gamba, Adam Medveczky, John Nelson, Andras Ligeti, VictorPablo Perez, Carlo Rizzi, Jesus Lopez Cobos, George Pehlivanian, Dmitry Loos and Jakub Hrusa, among others.His future engagements as a soloist will lead him to concert halls in Spain, Italy, Hungary and the USA.
Since 2008 Gabor Szabo resides in Madrid, Spain.

Born in 1974 in Budapest, Gabor started his violin studies at the age of seven. He is the winner of numerous national and international violin competitions:

  • First Prize at the Budapest National Violin Competition
  • First Prize at the Zathureczky National Violin Competition
  • First Prize International Chamber Music Competition in the string trio category (USA).
  • He won 2nd Prize and the Special Prize for the best Paganini Caprice at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition (Hungary)
  • 3rd Prize at the Hubay National Violin Competition.

Dmitri Tsirin

(Principal Cellist)

Dmitri Tsirin (cello, Russia) is prize-winner of several important international cello competitions (Rostropovich in Paris, Leonard Rosevin Washington, Tchaikovsky in Moscow), Dmitri Tsirin studied withvprofessor N. Shahkovs- kaya and N. Gutman and took lessons from D. Shafran and M. Rostropovich.

As a soloist, he has played with Nort Dutch Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Berlin Rudfunk Orchester etc. Dmitri has offered a lot of masterclasses in Russia, Israel, Denmark and Spain. He has participated at prestigious chamber music festivals (Kuhmo, Esbjerg) playing with great musicians like: Michail Lidsky, Ernst Kovacic, Christian Altenburger, Boris Beresovsky and Marianna Shirinian. On recommendation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri received a J.B.Guadanini cello from the Russian State collection.

Natalia Margulis

(Principal Cellist)

Natalia debuted with a concert at the National Auditorium in Madrid, Spain, Megaron Hall in Thessaloniki, Greece, the Walton Arts Center in Arkansas, USA, Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles, USA, and others. She has performed with the Greek National Orchestra, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Cologne Youth Orchestra, and performed at festivals such as the Santander Festival, Verbier Academy and the Eilat Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the "Margulis Trio" she has received the diploma in the Competition of '99 Osaka Chamber Music, and in 2004 the diploma of the international competition "Maria Canals" in Barcelona.
IHe interpreted Beethoven's Triple Concert in the United States, broadcast on radio and television recorded by Spanish Radio. She was invited to give master classes at the International Music Seminar in Vertiscos, Greece. It has been chosen to offer the most important concert that takes place every year at "La Chapelle" in Brussels and played at the "Palais des Beaux Arts" in Brussels. He is currently a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid. (Royal Theatre).

Wenting Kang

(Principal Viola)

The Chinese violist Wenting Kang appeared as an “excellent violist” who “possesses a dark glowing sound” in New York Times after her performance in the Marlboro Music Festival tour performance at Carnegie Hall. Kang’s playing also has been described as “elegant, precise and not without expressive intensity” as well as “pure, muscular tone-passionate without ever losing a sense of control” in Boston Musical Intelligencer.
As a soloist, Westing Kang performed with Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and Tokyo TOHO Gakuen Orchestra, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
She has given solo performances in prestigious concert venues such as Jordan Hall in Boston, Kioi Hall and Ishibashi Memorial Hall in Tokyo.

Peter Foskolos

(Principal 2º Violin)

As a soloist he gave recitals in many European countries, North America and Asia as well and frequently plays as a soloist with symphony orchestras.
As a recitalist he gave solo concerts in Germany at the “Heidelberg Spring Festival” and he was invited to Moscow(Russia) to perform at the “Festival V4”
He is actively participating in chamber music projects as well with his quartet (Foskolos Quartet) they have performed in Hungary and other European city’s as well.
Mr. Foskolos has been appointed as a concert master by the Camerata Budapest Chamber Orchestra and holds the same position with the Liszt -Wagner Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. Mr Foskolos is a permanent Invited concert master of the Failoni Chamber Orchestra.

Hungarian born Greek violinist Peter Foskolos is one of the most prominent artist of his generation. Born in Budapest,Hungary 1975. Winner of several national and international violin competitions :

  • 1st prize at the Janos Koncz National Violín Competition
  • Prize winner of the Zhathureczky violin competition organized by the Franz Liszt Academy of Music
  • 4th prize at the international Johaness Brahms competition and special prize winner at the J. Hubay Violin Competition

Paul Cortese

(Principal Viola)

Paul Cortese, an active protagonist of his instrument, graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with the famed violist Joseph dePasquale.

Previously, under the tutelage of Stanley Nosal, Guillermo Perich, John Garvey, and Burton Fine, he pursued his studies at the University of Illinois and the New England Conservatory in Boston.

While completing his studies, Cortese performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony, and was offered the Principal Viola position in the Teatro alla Scala. In 1986 he became the leader of the viola section of the Gothenburg Symphony orchestra under their music director Neeme Järvi. He made his debut with orchestra in Alice Tully Hall in New York in 1991. Although he has been guest principal viola in over a dozen European orchestras, Cortese dedicates an increasing amount of time to solo and chamber music playing.

Cortese has performed extensively in the US, Canada, and the European Union, collaborating with numerous chamber music groups such as the Kandinsky Trio, the Trio Arbós, and various string quartets, participating in international music festivals such as Tanglewood, Evian, Banff, Musicades of Lyon, Granada, Grand Teton, and many others. He has performed on numerous occasions with Context, a flexible chamber group of historically informed interpretation in the US. In Spain, he has been a member of the Beethoven Klavierquartett for over fifteen years, and has recently been performing with the Jacques Thibaud String Trio.

Cortese has recorded works by Elliot Carter, William Bergsma, Alan Hovaness, Vincent Persichetti, and George Rochberg , Shostakovich, Martinu, and works by Otto Luening, Witold Lutoslawski, Rebecca Clarke, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Walter Piston, and Roy Harris, Milhaud, Ernest Bloch, Debussy, etc. for DG, Chandos, ASV, Crystal, and many others, most notably the complete works of Paul Hindemith, in honor of his centenary, with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London on the ASV label, the only recording of its kind.

Born in Wisconsin to Italian parents, Paul currently lives in Barcelona, Spain, where he is professor of viola and chamber music at the conservatory of the Liceo , along with a regular masterclass in the Arcos Academy in Madrid. He has been collaborating with the Baltic Youth Philharmonic, Kristjan Järvi, music director, and has taught masterclasses in Spain, Italy, France, Vietnam, the US, Poland, Latvia, Germany, and Estonia. He currently plays a viola constructed for him by the fine Spanish maker Agustín Clemente of Madrid in the year 2006, along with an Iginio Sderci viola of Florence, 1972.