Daniel Szabo is a Los Angeles-based, award-winning pianist-composer-educator, specializing in jazz, classical, and film music. He regularly performs at major venues both in the US and Europe; his trio played in the “Mellon Jazz Up” series hosted by Danilo Perez at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and he has toured worldwide including the Jazz Gallery in NYC, Blue Note Milan, Blue Whale & Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles, The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, Yoshi’s in San Francisco, 606 Club in London, Duc des Lombards in Paris, A-Trane in Berlin, and the list goes on..
Szabo has collaborated with Peter Erskine, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bob Sheppard, Jimmy Haslip, Kim Richmond, Ferenc Nemeth, Lionel Loueke, John Ellis, John Zorn, Rosario Giuliani, Julian Siegel, Flavio Boltro, Piotr Wojtasik, among many others.
Szabo currently resides in Los Angeles and is an active member of the West-Coast jazz community as well as being an active composer, arranger and producer. He has also been a professor at the prestigious Herb Alpert School of Music of UCLA.
Szabo has a unique voice and always seeks for boundary-crossing compositional and improvisational approaches.
His latest album, VISIONARY, was released by Fuzzy Music in February of 2019 and was written for a unique instrumentation combining woodwind sextet with string quartet and jazz rhythm section. The style of this new repertoire shows a blend of jazz, classical and film music idioms.
Szabo was the winner of the ASCAP/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize in 2018; the Grand Prize of the City of Paris in the frame work of the “Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Contest” in 2006; and the “Jas Hennessy Solo Piano Competition” in Montreux, in 2000.