Gábor Takács-Nagy | Conductor
Saturday 20 July
Sunday 28 July
- 7:00 PM | Combins
- Lera Auerbach, Emanuel Ax, Yuri Bashmet, Khatia Buniatishvili, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, David Aaron Carpenter, Vilde Frang, Martin Fröst, Ilya Gringolts, Leonidas Kavakos, Evgeny Kissin, Leigh Mesh, Mischa Maisky, Denis Matsuev, Menahem Pressler, Thomas Quasthoff, Quatuor Ebène, Rodion Shchedrin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Antoine Tamestit, Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang
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A few words about Gábor Takács-Nagy
A native of Budapest, Gábor Takács-Nagy began to study the violin at the age of eight. As a student of the Franz Liszt Academy, he won First Prize in 1979 in the Jeno Hubay Violin Competition .and later pursued studies with Nathan Milstein. His chamber-music teachers at that time were Ferenc Rados, András Mihaly, Zoltán Székely, Sándor Végh and György Kurtag. From 1975 to 1992, he was founding member and leader of the acclaimed Takács Quartet performing with the legendary artists, Lord Menuhin, Sir Georg Solti, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Paul Tortelier, Gidon Kremer, and Andras Schiff and was regularly invited by Sviatoslav Richter to his festivals. The Takacs Quartet made many recordings for Decca and Hungaroton. In 1996, he founded the Takács Piano Trio and made world-premier recordings of works of Hungarian composers Franz Liszt, Lászlo Lajtha and Sandor Veress.
In 1998 he established the Mikrokosmos string quartet with compatriots Zoltan Tuska, Sandor Papp and Miklos Perényi, recording in 2008 the complete cycle of Bartoks string Quartets for which they were awarded the « Excellencia »prize by Pizzicato Magazine. In 1982, he was awarded the Liszt Prize. Gábor Takács-Nagy is considered one of todays most authentic exponents of Hungarian music, and in particular, that of Béla Bartok.
In 2002, following in a long-line of Hungarian musical tradition, Gábor Takács-Nagy turned to conducting .creating in 2005 his own string ensemble, the Camerata Bellerive as orchestra-in-residence at the annual Festival de Bellerive in Geneva. 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 regularly collaborates with Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vadim Repin and Emmanuel Ax as well as singers Frederica von Stade, Barbara Bonney and Angelika Kirschlager. A DVD of the performances of Beethovens 2nd piano concerto and Shostakovichs 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 MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest and recorded as world premier the epic Bards of Wales oratorio by Karl Jenkins. Since September 2011 he is Music Director of Manchester Camerata, one of the UKs 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 a dedicated and highly sought-after chamber-music teacher. He is Professor of String Quartet at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and International Chair in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In June 2012 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London.