Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (VFCO), which comprises alumni musicians from the Verbier Festival Orchestra, was founded in 2005. Its Music Director is Gábor Takács-Nagy. The Chamber Orchestra is the resident chamber orchestra at the Verbier Festival and perform six concerts during the Verbier Festival with works from the chamber orchestra repertoire. One of its first big projects was to perform and record Mozart’s Violin Concertos with soloist/conductor Maxim Vengerov. A tour of 22 concerts followed in 2006 through Canada, USA and Europe. The VFCO has toured yearly and holds an annual residency during the Verbier Festival week at Schloss Elmau, Germany. In early spring 2013, the VFCO toured one week in China with the 8 Seasons of Piazzolla and Vivaldi lead by Kirill Troussov followed by a tour through Asia with Gábor Takács-Nagy and soloists Martin Fröst and Joshua Bell. In May 2014, it toured with David Garrett in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. With Joshua Bell as director/soloist, the orchestra gave a four-concert tour of Switzerland in October 2016, performing in Zurich, Geneva, Bern and La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Gábor Takács-Nagy, Music Director
Appointed Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2007, Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy regularly conducts and tours with the Orchestra alongside renowed soloists including Martha Argerich, Frederica von Stade, David Garrett and Daniil Trifonov.
Born in Budapest, he 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, founding 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. He 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 Director of the Verbier Festival Academy chamber music programme.