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Neal Peres Da Costa (Harpsichord)

Neal Peres Da Costa specialises in performance on historical keyboard instruments. He is Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Early Music Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (the University of Sydney) where he also directs the SCM Early Music Ensemble.

After graduating from the University of Sydney with first class honours B.Mus., Neal attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Music from the Guildhall School of Music and a Master in Music Performance from the City University in London. In 2002, he attained a PhD from the University of Leeds, where he researched performing practices in late 19th century piano playing with particular reference to early recordings.

Neal joined the faculty at the Conservatorium as a full-time member in 2005 after spending many years as Professor of Fortepiano at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was also a lecturer in Performance Practice. He also held the post of Lecturer in 19th Century Performing Practice at Trinity College in London. In 2000 Neal Peres Da Costa was Artist-in-Residence at Bretton Hall College at the University of Leeds.

Neal was co-founder of Florilegium, the internationally renowned period instrument ensemble with which he performed around the world. He has also performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Australis, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Pinchgut Opera, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Neal was awarded a Fine Arts ARIA in 2008. Currently, he is revising his PhD for a monograph for publication by Oxford University Press.


Neal Peres Da Costa


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