Kim Szabo (voice, piano, piano vocal accompaniment in jazz, pop, musical theatre: 11 years and up) is a seasoned professional musician with a teaching, performance and recording resume that spans over 35 years and the globe. Born and raised in Canada, she started by honing her skills through initial classical training, followed by studies at Grant MacEwan Music Program in Jazz and Popular music, specializing in composition, which plays to her love of music theory and harmony! Growing up in Edmonton, Kim’s “after school job” for 10 years was teaching the neighbourhood children piano and voice following the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum.
In 1989, Kim’s talent took her overseas for a number of years, including Japan and Europe. Her resume as a musician is vast, and includes performing as a solo artist, establishing a jazz trios, as well as playing as a guest artist with various touring pop, jazz and funk groups.
By 2003, she was teaching at and eventually led the Jazz Vocal Program at Frankfurt Musikwerkstadt (State Academy for Jazz and Popular Music). She instructed students in vocal Jazz technique and improvisation, preparing them to challenge national exams for a Degree in Jazz Pedagogue. Included in her duties was chair member of the adjudication team for these exams. During this time in Germany, Kim continued to professionally tour and perform, appearing with her Jazz and Gospel projects. She continued her private vocal studies and analysis of the human voice with Coleman Freeman, professional operatic tenor, in Mannheim, and with Mike Schoenmehl, professional jazz pianist and published composer in Frankfurt.
Since returning to Canada, Kim has introduced herself to Calgary audiences. She performs regularly, as a solo, duo and with her own trio and quartet, in both jazz and contemporary music. She is currently the vocalist for both Fox Big Band and Summit Big Band, and the Kim Szabo Trio has a monthly residency at Alvin’s Jazz Club in Calgary.
Kim is excited to share her her passion, experience and talent with New West Music Academy voice and/or piano students focusing on jazz, popular, and musical theatre genres. Additionally, with her years of experience as a vocalist/pianist, Kim also teaches students who wish to develop skills in “piano vocal accompaniment”, specifically teaching people who want to learn to sing while accompanying themselves on the piano.