Szabolcs Joó is currently Solo-Timpanist with the Hungarian National Philharmonic and teaches at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. He has been awarded numerous music competitions in Belgium, Czech Republic and Hungary. He was Fischer Annie scolar. He is an active chamber musician as well, has played with Renaud Capucon, Clemes Hagen, Kocsis Zoltán, Ránki Dezső, Kirill Gernstein and the Amadinda. In 2015 he was elected as the Artist of the Year by the members of the Hungarian National Philharmony. He is happy father of three children.