Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Gábor Takács-Nagy Music Director
The VFCO is the resident chamber orchestra of the Verbier Festival. It is made up of alumni of the VFO who have gone on to perform with an impressive roster of the world’s most distinguished conductors and soloists. Since completing their training at Verbier, many of these musicians have been engaged by the world’s leading orchestras, including those in Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Moscow, San Francisco and Vienna. The VFCO serves as the Verbier Festival’s ambassador wherever it performs around the globe.
Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy Gábor Takács-Nagy was appointed Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2007. He regularly conducts and tours with the Orchestra alongside renowned soloists including Martha Argerich, Frederica von Stade, David Garrett and Daniil Trifonov. Born in Budapest, Takács studied at the Franz Liszt Academy, then with the great violinists Nathan Milstein, Ferenc Rados, András Mihaly, Zoltán Székely, Sándor Végh and György Kurtag. A founding member and principal violin (1975 to 1992) of the Takács Quartet, he performed with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, András Schiff, Mikhail Pletnev, Joshua Bell and Gidon Kremer. He founded the Takács Piano Trio in 1996 and the Mikrokosmos Quartet in 1998 (Excellencia Prize for the complete cycle of Bartók’s quartets). Since 2002 he has devoted himself entirely to orchestral conducting, when he founded the Camerata Bellerive. In 2011, he was appointed Music Director of the Manchester Camerata and, in 2012, Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Takács became Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra in 2013. He coaches string quartets at the Haute Ecole de Musique, Geneva, and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music (2012) and Artistic Advisor for the Verbier Festival Academy ‘s Chamber Music Programme.
Musicians: Verbier Festival 2019
Ji Min Lee
Roberto González Monjas
Blythe Teh Engstroem
Carlos Del Ser
Luis Camara Palomares