Gábor Takács-Nagy - Biography

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Gábor Takács -Nagy was born in Budapest where he began to learn the violin at the age of 8.

From 1975 to 1992, he was a founder member and leader of the renowned Takács Quartet, with whom he performed with many of the world's most celebrated musicians and made many recordings for Decca and Hungaroton. 

He was awarded the Liszt Prize in 1982. After leaving the quartet in 1992 he founded the Takács Piano Trio in 1996. 

In 2008 he formed the Mikrokosmos String Quartet with Zoltán Tuska, Sándor Papp and Miklós Perényi, with whom he recorded the complete Bartók string quartets.

In 2001, Gabor Takács-Nagy began to concentrate on conducting as his principal activity and has already established a considerable reputation in this role. 

He became Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2007 and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of both the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest in 2008. His own string orchestra, the Camerata Bellerive (which he set up in 2005) is orchestra-in-residence at Geneva's annual Festival de Bellerive, of which he is also artistic director.

In 2011 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Following the announcement of this appointment Iván Fischer commented: "There are many conductors in the world who can get orchestras to play together but there are very few who can profoundly inspire. Gábor Takács-Nagy is one of them."

Gábor Takács-Nagy is also a dedicated and highly sought-after teacher. He is Professor of String Quartet at the Geneva Conservatoire and regularly gives masterclasses at leading academies and conservatoires throughout the world.

He is also a tutor with the European Chamber Music Academy and was recently appointed to an International Chair in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.


Useful Links

Franz Liszt Academy of Music
 Takács Quartet
 Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
 Festival de Bellerive
Geneva Conservatoire
 European Chamber Music Academy
Royal Northern College of Music


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