Budapest Festival Orchestra

Takács-Nagy, Gábor


Gábor Takács-Nagy was a pupil of Ferenc Rados, András Mihály, Sándor Végh and György Kurtág at the Liszt Academy. He was still a student when he won the Jenő Hubay Violin Competition in 1979, after which he studied under Nathan Milstein. He founded his own string quartet in 1975, the world-famous Takács Quartet, which still bears his name. With the quartet, he performed with legendary musicians such as Yehudi Menuhin, György Solti, Gidon Kremer, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich and András Schiff. Internationally, Gábor Takács-Nagy is considered to be one of the most authentic interpreters of Hungarian, mainly Bartók’s, music: he recorded works from Liszt, Lajtha and Veress with the Takács Piano Trio, founded in 1996, and Bartók’s six string quartets with the Mikrokosmos String Quartet, founded in 1998. From 1993 on, he regularly joined the BFO as leader, both at home and on foreign tours. Gábor Takács-Nagy began his conducting career in 2002. In 2005, he founded the Camerata Bellerive string orchestra in Geneva, and became the artistic director of the Weinberger Kammerorchestra in 2006, and of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2007. He was Artistic Director of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra between 2010 and 2012, and since 2011 he is Music Director of the Manchester Camerata. He is also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Festival Orchestra since 2012. In 2013 he was appointed Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and received honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize.

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