Neal Peres Da Costa

Professor Neal Peres Da Costa

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2023
  • Section(s): Arts


Neal Peres Da Costa is Associate Dean Research and Professor of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Winner of a Fine Arts ARIA (2008), he is a world-recognised performing scholar on historical keyboards. His monograph Off the Record (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012) is ‘go-to’ text globally, and he has published a suite of influential book chapters and practice-led recordings. He is regularly invited to give keynotes and lecture recitals at international research fora. Neal is lead chief investigator on three prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects and is a member of the ARC College of Experts. Neal performs and records regularly with several of Australia’s finest historical performance industry partners including Ironwood, Bach Akademie Australia, and the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO) of which he is also Artistic Advisor. To add to his extensive and award-winning discography are two new recording releases in 2023 – Schumann’s Dichterliebe (Deux-Elles) with Koen van Stade, and Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23 on Heavenly Mozart (ABC Classics) with ARCO.

Acknowledgement of Country

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