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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 Jeno Hubay Violin Competition and later pursued studies with Nathan Milstein. He studied the Bartok’s string quartets with Zoltán Székely, who was Bartok’s best friend and dedicatee of his 2nd violin concerto. Gábor Takács-Nagy is considered one of today’s most authentic exponents of Hungarian music, and in particular, that of Béla Bartok. In 1982, he was awarded the Liszt Prize and in March 2017 the prestigious Béla Bartok-Ditta Pasztory Prize. In March 2021 he was awarded the Érdemes Művész (Artist of Merit) award. presented by the Hungarian governement to artists who have a long history in the field of Hungarian national culture.
From 1975 to 1992, he was founding member and leader of the acclaimed Takács Quartet performing throughout the world with many legendary artists. In 1996 he founded the Takács Piano Trio and made world-premiere recordings of works of Hungarian composers Franz Liszt, Lászlo Lajtha and Sandor Veress. In 1998 he established the Mikrokosmos string quartet, recording in 2008 the complete cycle of Bartok’s string quartets . 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.
From 2010 until 2012 he was Music Director of the MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest . 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 . From 2013 until 2017 he was Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
He is regularly invited to conduct the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the Orchestra Filarmonica de Bologna, l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra , the Orchestra of Dijon-Bourgogne, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, l ’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, l’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Hungarian National Philharmonic. the St.Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra amongst others.
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.
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra with Gabor Takacs-Nagy
Gabor Takacs-Nagy joins as the music director of Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra when the festival returns on July 16 to August 1 2021.
Interview with Gábor Takács-Nagy
"Music is the best way to get rid of yourself”, says Gábor Takács-Nagy in this interview with Chilperic.
“Takács-Nagy, at times, also seems to enjoy taking a vocal role in proceedings, an extension of the mini-opera concept which I could hear even on the very back row “
Tsinandali Festival 2019 I Sir András Schiff, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Tsinandali Festival 2019 I Lisa Batiashvili, Gautier Capuçon, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Pinchas Zukerman, VFCO
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor – Takács-Nagy, Weinberger Chamber Orchestra