Born in Armidale NSW, John was introduced to the electronic organ at ten before he finally discovered the tuba. He started out with the Armidale City Band in 1982 and with his Tuba has worked in the Queensland Youth Orchestra (1987-991), the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (1992) the Brisbane Philharmonic and Brisbane Symphony Orchestra up to the present day.
As a competitor John gained many local, state and national contest solo victories, including a New Zealand National Eb tuba title in 2005. While at the Queensland Conservatorium he won the Yamaha Brass Prize in 1990.
John has also been soloist with various ensembles. The most notable occasion being in November 2003 where he performed the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra.
John Szkutko will perform a mix of music on different tubas with his accompanist, Mitchell Leigh at the Maleny Community Centre on July 7 at 2-3pm.
See the Centre website for more details: www.malenycommunitycentre.org