Background/Experience: Thomas Lovasz, a native of Pecs, Hungary, began playing the cello at the age of eight, inspired by his mother, a choir director and music teacher. By the age of fourteen, he has 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 the California State University, Northridge in 2014. Mr. Lovasz has performed with famous artists such as John Williams, Zoltán Kocsis and Kristof Baráti in many 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 Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He has also played in numerous orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, YMF Debut Orchestra and Orchestra Santa Monica. Currently, he is the principal cellist of the Valencia Symphony Orchestra. As a teacher, Mr. Lovasz enjoys sharing his experience and his love for music with his students. He has taught in Hungary at his Alma Mater, the Franz Liszt School of Music, as well as in the United States in music schools such as the 88 Keys Music Academy in Arcadia. Currently, he is a cello instructor at LA Pierce College, Dave Janssen’s School of Music in Simi Valley and iKnow Music Academy in Granada Hills.