School of Music
Assistant Professor, Trombone/Euphonium
Office Address: Coulter 153
Performance Diploma, CCPA Music Conservatory, Roosevelt University, 2010
Masters of Music, Western Illinois University, 2007
Bachelors of Music, Gheorge Dima Music Academy, Romania, 2005
Zsolt Szabo joined the School of Music faculty at Western Carolina University in the fall of 2014 as the Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Szabo is a member of the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, the resident faculty brass quintet at WCU. The group maintains a very active performing schedule and tours internationally, most recently to Hungary and Romania in May 2015.
Active as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician, Zsolt Szabo has performed with a wide variety of ensembles. Since 2014, he has been the Principal Trombone of the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra and previously the Principal Trombone of the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Between 2009-2011 Mr. Szabo was a 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, Mr. Szabo performed and toured with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has been a substitute for the orchestra on other occasions as well. As an active freelance musician in the Chicago area, Mr. Szabo also performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana.
Prior to joining the faculty at WCU, Mr. Szabo received the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship Award at The University of Iowa School of Music where he was a Teaching Assistant while completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy. In the spring semester of 2012, Mr. Szabo was a Trombone Lecturer at Western Illinois University. He has also been a guest lecturer at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Eastern Illinois University, and The Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary where he presented master classes and performed recitals. Zsolt Szabo is an Edwards Artist/Clinician and performs exclusively on Edwards trombones.