Associate Professor Neal Peres Da Costa

Associate Professor and Chair of Historical Performance Unit

A graduate of the University of Sydney, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), the City University (London) and the University of Leeds (UK), Neal Peres Da Costa is a world-renowned performing scholar and educator. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His monograph Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (Oxford University Press, New York: 2012) is hailed as a book that ‘no serious pianist should be without’ (Limelight, 2012) and honoured as ‘a notable book’ on Alex Ross’s 2012 Apex List. In 2012, it was the subject of a five-part series broadcast by ABC Classic FM during the Sydney International Piano Competition and an interview with Christopher Lawrence for the [...]

A graduate of the University of Sydney, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), the City University (London) and the University of Leeds (UK), Neal Peres Da Costa is a world-renowned performing scholar and educator. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His monograph Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (Oxford University Press, New York: 2012) is hailed as a book that ‘no serious pianist should be without’ (Limelight, 2012) and honoured as ‘a notable book’ on Alex Ross’s 2012 Apex List. In 2012, it was the subject of a five-part series broadcast by ABC Classic FM during the Sydney International Piano Competition and an interview with Christopher Lawrence for the ABC Classic FM Music Makers programme.

Neal regularly appears with Australia’s leading ensembles including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, and Ironwood. Notable solo performances include Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations at the Festival Baroque in Perth (2009), and the Peninsula Summer Festival (2010). In 2013, he will appear at the Music Viva Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and during the ACO, Haydn Ensemble, Pinchgut, and Ironwood Seasons.

Winner of the 2008 Fine Arts ARIA for Best Classical Recording for Bach’s Sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord (ABC Classics, 2007) with Richard Tognetti and Daniel Yeadon, Neal’s discography includes: Bach’s Complete Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba and Harpsichord with Daniel Yeadon (ABC Classics, 2009), The Baroque Trombone with Christian Lindberg and the ACO (BIS, 2009); The Galant Bassoon with Matthew Wilke and Kees Boersma (Melba, 2009); Baroque Duets (Vexations 840, 2011) which he directed with Fiona Campbell, David Walker and Ironwood; Music for a While with Ironwood and Miriam Allan (2012); and most recently 3 with Genevieve Lacey and Daniel Yeadon (ABC Classics, 2012), reviewed in the Weekend Australia (March 30, 2013) ‘as an album of consistently excellent playing’ offering ‘refined performances enlivened with subtle rhythmic energy and elegant shaping.’

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Publications & Creative Works


Areas of Study

Historical Performance

Phone

612-935-11273

Location

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music