Tom Lovasz cello instructorA native of Pecs, Hungary, Thomas began playing the cello at the age of 8, inspired by his mother, a choir director and music teacher. By the age of 14, he won several regional music competitions and was accepted to the Bela Bartok Secondary School, the Preparatory School of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. He won top prize at the Janos Starker National Cello Competition in 2006, received his BM degree in Cello performance at the University of Pecs and completed his Master’s degree at California State University, Northridge. Mr. Lovasz has performed with famous artist such as John Williams, John Clayton, Zoltan Kocsis, Kristof Barati and Istvan Vardai in different venues, including the Palace of Arts and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. He has also played in the Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, YMF Debut Orchestra, Golden State Pops Orchestra, and, as a principal cellist, in the Symphony of the University of Pecs, and in the CSUN Symphony. As a teacher, he enjoys sharing his experience with his students and expanding the love of music.