Laszlo Mezo

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Fine Arts Associate Faculty
Fine Arts & Media Technology
Saddleback College

Born in Budapest, Hungary, László Mező gained national recognition as one of the top musicians of his generation when he won First Prize in the "Kertész Ottó Memorial Competition" at the young age of 18. Since then, he has won numerous other competitions including the Fourth Prize in the "Antonio Janigro Junior International Competition" in 1998, Second Prize in the "International Dávid Popper Competition for Young Cellists" in 2000, the Special Prize in the "International Dávid Popper Cello Competition" in 2004, and First Prize in the "Ima Hogg International Competition" in 2008.

László Mező has forged a career as a soloist, recitalist, master teacher, chamber musician and conductor. He has performed extensively in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Always eager to pass on his knowledge, László has conducted master classes in Japan, Switzerland and Hungary. He was Assistant Teacher at the University of Southern California between 2007 and 2008.

Maestro László Mező is also an experienced conductor. Since 1997, he has conducted orchestras in Hungary, Switzerland, and Japan, including the Budapest: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Orchestra, the Kodaly Orchestra, the Goppisberger Festival Orchestra, and the Hirosaki University Orchestra.

László Mező holds master degrees from the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. He graduated from the class of Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

His CD recording of David Popper's works, on the Hungarotron label, includes several first time ever recordings of the master's cello works. You can find more information on my website,