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Zsolt Szabo

Zsolt Szabo, DMA, is the Assistant Professor of Trombone/Euphonium at Western Carolina University, and performs with the Hungarian Trombone Connection, Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, and as Principal Trombone of the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously, Szabo was the Principal Trombonist of the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Between 2009-2011, Szabo was a full-time member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago where he worked with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, Xian Zhan, Esa Pekka Salonen, Jaap van Zweden, Erik Nielsen, Markus Stenz, Larry Rachleff, and Cliff Colnot.

In 2010, Szabo performed in Chicago and Carnegie Hall with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he has been a substitute for the orchestra on other occasions.
Recently, he has performed as a guest with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions. Other orchestral performances include concerts with the Knoxville Symphony
Orchestra, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and internationally with the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra (Mexico) and the WCIT
World Orchestra (Armenia). Szabo has also performed with numerous other orchestras and chamber ensembles in North Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, South Carolina, Iowa, and Indiana.


In 2019, Szabo was invited to present a masterclass at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in France. The previous year, Szabo taught a
masterclass at the the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia. In addition, Szabo has given guest masterclasses at The University of Florida, University of Georgia, Appalachian State
University, Illinois State University, Eastern Tennessee State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Eastern Illinois University, Texas Tech University, and the “Liszt Ferenc” Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary.


Szabo can be heard on the Hungarian Trombone Connection’s “Overture” album, as well as American Trombone Quartet’s “Premier” and Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet’s “Celebrating 25 Years” recordings.

Zsolt Szabo is an Edwards Artist/Clinician and performs exclusively on Edwards trombones.

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