was born in Budapest, Hungary and became a United States citizen in the 1950’s.
A former leading dancer, Paul Szilard has performed throughout the world with such famous dancers as Nora Kaye, Colette Marchand, Sonia Arova and others.
As a world-renowned impresario, he has presented such prestigious dance companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (for which he was been the exclusive international
representative for almost 40 years), New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancers of Bali, Madrid’s Ballet Víctor Ullate, Universal Ballet and the
American premiere engagement of the Bunraku Japanese Doll Theater.
Paul Szilard produced the first Japanese tour of “West Side Story” with an American cast, and has been responsible for countless celebrated cultural events throughout Asia,
Australia and Europe. He produced and presented the Bavarian National Ballet of the Munich State Opera at the New York State Theater. He presented American Ballet Theater
at the Nouveau Festival International de Danse de Paris. He also presented Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the same festival in 2001.
On December 16, 2007, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave a special birthday gala for Paul Szilard, the producer who was the agent for the company for almost 40 years.
The gala was at City Center Theater and had a completely sold-out house covered by the press and TV. When Ms. Judith Jamison, the Artistic Director of the company and a close friend
of Mr. Szilard, introduced him onstage, he was received by a standing ovation. The evening was capped by a reception that was attended by many of the outstanding stars of Broadway
and ballet. In 2009, the Opening Night Gala of the Ailey Company’s three-week engagement at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris was given in his honor.
In 2010, Mr. Szilard was presented with a special tribute by the New York City Ballet in honor of his work for the School of American Ballet, specifically for his philanthropic contributions
to the School via his bookings of Balanchine’s “Symphony in C.” Also in 2010, Szilard was honored by the mayor of Gyor, Hungary, for his lifelong contribution to the world of dance.
The list of internationally-acclaimed artists presented by Paul Szilard is impressive, including such legendary stars as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Eric Bruhn, Patrick
Dupond, Judith Jamison, John Taras, Violette Verdy, Donna Wood and many others.
His much-awaited autobiography, Under My Wings: My Life as an Impresario, was published in 2002.