Szabolcs Zempléni was born in 1981. At just 17 years of age he already won First Prize and special prize of the minister at the Concertino Prága Competition, and the following years he won many international competitions (Markneukirchen 2000, Békés 2000, Brno 2001). In 2005 he was the first Hungarian who won First Prize at the ARD International Music Competition, Munich. As a recitalist he gave many concerts in Europe, America, Africa and Asia.
He collaborated with famous orchestras such as Budapest Festival Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra at such concert halls as the Gasteig Philharmony Munich, Carnegie Hall New York and the concert hall of Auditorium Rome under such conductors as Iván Fischer, Yakov Kreizberg, Jonathan Nott, Daniel Raiskin and Michael Sanderling. His chamber music partners include András Keller, Dénes Várjon, Péter Nagy, Christoph Eschenbach, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Elena Bashkirova.
Szabolcs is a visiting professor at the Trinity Music College and the Tokyo Music College. He teaches as a professor at the Music Academies of Trossingen (since 2010) and Hamburg (2018). His first solo CD (Colours oft he French Horn) was released by Oehms Classics in 2011.