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Gábor Takács-Nagy

Gábor Takács-Nagy

Born in Budapest, Gábor Takács-Nagy began studying the violin at the age of eight. As a student of the Franz Liszt Academy, he won First Prize in 1979 in the Jenő Hubay Violin Competition and later pursued studies with Nathan Milstein. He studied the chamber-music of Bartók with Zoltán Székely, who was the leader of the Hungarian String Quartet but also Bartók’s best friend and dedicatee of his 2nd violin concerto.

From 1975 to 1992, he was founding member and leader of the acclaimed Takács Quartet performing with legendary artists, Lord Menuhin, Sir Georg Solti, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Paul Tortelier, and was regularly invited by Sviatoslav Richter to his festivals. In 1996 he founded the Takács Piano Trio and made world-premiere recordings of works of Hungarian composers Franz Liszt, Lászlo Lajtha and Sándor Veress. Gábor Takács-Nagy is considered one of today’s most authentic exponents of Hungarian music, and in particular, that of Béla Bartók. In March 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize.

In 1998 he established the Mikrokosmos string quartet with compatriots Zoltán Tuska, Sándor Papp and Miklós Perényi, recording in 2008 the complete cycle of Bartók’s string Quartets for which they were awarded the «Excellencia» prize by Pizzicato Magazine. In 1982, he was awarded the Liszt Prize. In 2002, following in a long-line of Hungarian musical tradition, Gábor Takács-Nagy turned to conducting. In 2006 he became the Music Director of the Weinberger Kammerorchestra and in August 2007, the Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. The VFCO performs every summer in the Verbier Festival and also in numerous European and Asian cities throughout the year. With the VFCO he has collaborated with Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vadim Repin and Emmanuel Ax. A DVD of the performances of Beethoven’s 2nd piano concerto and Shostakovich’s concerto for piano, trumpet and strings with Martha Argerich, David Guerrier and the VFCO was released in June 2011. From 2010 until 2012 he was Music Director of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra Budapest and recorded the world premiere of the “Bards of Wales” oratorio by Karl Jenkins. Since September 2011 he is Music Director of Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras and in September 2012 became Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In January 2013 he was nominated Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Gábor Takács-Nagy is also a dedicated and highly sought-after chamber-music teacher. He is Professor of String Quartet at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva. In June 2012 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London.