Zoltán Szabó is a cellist, educated in Budapest (Hungary) and Cincinnati (USA). As a member of the Budapest Trio, he came to Australia in 1985 to give a series of concerts as part of the Sydney Festival. After the tour, he was offered a position with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and he has been living in Sydney ever since. Zoltán has also performed extensively at festivals and recitals in Europe, America and throughout Australia, playing first with the BudapestTrio and later with the Bergonzi String Quartet.
Zoltán worked as Principal Cello with Opera Australia (1992-2013). In 2000, he received a Churchill Fellowship that enabled him to study baroque cello and performance practice in Europe. He has taught cello, chamber music and more recently, music history at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 2003.
In 2014, Zoltán became a regular contributor to Bachtrack (London), one of the largest websites for concert and opera reviews in the world. In 2017, he was awarded with a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) at the University of Sydney.The subject of his thesis is the source and edition history of the more than one hundred editions of the Solo Cello Suites by J. S. Bach. He has also published several articles on this subject.