Adam Szabo enjoys a busy and varied career, dividing his time between his role as Artistic Director of the acclaimed Manchester Collective, and his work as a cellist, performing chamber and orchestral music at the highest level.


Manchester Collective, recently described by the Yorkshire Post as a "powerful, moving, & extraordinary" new voice in the UK music scene, was founded in 2016 by Szabo out of a desire to bring a greater breadth of world class chamber music to the north of England. Through concerts characterised by brave, unusual, and highly dramatic programming, the Collective have reached an audience of over 50,000 people so far in their debut season.

Manchester Collective's "Spring 2018" season will see them take up a residency at Stoller Hall in Manchester, and tour five wildly diverse shows to Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, London, and eventually, abroad to Belgium and Holland.

As a orchestral cellist, Adam regularly works as Guest Principal Cello (No. 2) with the Welsh National Opera; other recent Principal engagements include work with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, the Tait Chamber Orchestra and Northern Chamber Orchestra. Adam can often also be found performing with the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Recent performing highlights include tours to Singapore, Dubai, and Spain, (with the Australian World Orchestra, WNO, and the BBC Philharmonic respectively), recitals with the Jubilee String Quartet, and a set of performances of Wagner's mighty Ring Cycle with Opera Australia in Melbourne.

Adam was born in Sydney, and completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2010, under the guidance of Zoltán Szabo and Daniel Yeadon. Upon graduating from the Conservatorium, he was awarded a Sydney Symphony Orchestral Fellowship, after which he was engaged as a contract member of the orchestra. He continued his studies in the United Kingdom, moving to Manchester to complete a Masters of Music with internationally renowned cellist and pedagogue Hannah Roberts. Adam graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with Distinction in 2014.

As a student, Adam was Principal Cello with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and a proud member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (representing Hungary). During his studies, Adam also took part in high profile young artist programmes with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.