Szabolcs Illés is a baroque violinist, an HIPP (Historically Informed Performance Practice) specialist. He earned his instrumentalist diplomas in Budapest and in Leipzig and received his baroque violinist master diploma in Brussels in the class of Sigiswald Kuijken, being his professor’s only Hungarian student and with this the only Hungarian representative of the world-famous baroque violin school the professor founded. He is also member of the illustrious „La Petite Bande” orchestra since 2009 – founded by Prof. Kuijken as well. Szabolcs Illés is also concert master of the Czech „Hof-Musici” ensemble since 2008, with whom they work on reconstructing and performing mainly baroque operas in period dresses, period instruments, original staging and without a conductor, all lead by Ondřej Macek. He performs a lot both as a soloist and as a chamber musician with many chamber ensembles around Europe, such as the Viennese „dolce risonanza”, the German „La Moresca” and the Hungarian „Recurring Company” , with whom he made many recordings as well. His debute solo CD called „Sonate, que me veux-tu?” came out in 2011, on which – based on his own research – one can hear French baroque sonatas, some recorded for the very first time. His second CD, the „Corelli’s Legacy”, which came out in 2015 by the Hungarian record label Hungaroton, was compiled from the famous Italian master’s and his pupils’ works. Besides his busy life as a performer he still finds time to hold workshop and lectures all over Europe and in New Zealand, too.