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Zoltan Szabo

Pre-Concert Speaker

Zoltán Szabó is a cellist and musicologist. Having migrated from his native Hungary to Australia in 1985, he worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney until 1991, when he became Principal Cello with Opera Australia, a job he kept for twenty years. In 2000, a Churchill Fellowship enabled him to study baroque cello and performance practice in Europe. In 2017, he was awarded with a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD); his thesis is on the source and edition history of the Solo Cello Suites by J. S. Bach. He has also published several articles on this subject.

Currently, Zoltán is teaching music history, musicology and chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His concert and opera reviews and other writings have been regularly published by Bachtrack (London), The Conversation and The Australian Book Review. He is also regularly asked to provide pre-concert talks for Musica Viva and for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.