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Gabor Takacs-Nagy

Born in Budapest, Gábor Takács-Nagy began to study the violin at the age of eight. While a student at the Franz Liszt Academy, he won First Prize in the Jenő Hubay Violin Competition in 1979 and later pursued studies with Nathan Milstein. From 1975 to 1992 he was founding member and leader of the acclaimed Takács Quartet, performing with artists such as Lord Menuhin, Sir Georg Solti, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Paul Tortelier. In 1996 he founded the Takács Piano Trio, with which he has made world premiere recordings of works by Franz Liszt, László Lajtha, and Sándor Veress; he is considered one of today’s most authentic exponents of Hungarian music and in 1982 was awarded the Liszt Prize. In 1998, with Zoltán Tuska, Sándor Papp, and Miklós Perényi, he established the Mikrokosmos String Quartet which was awarded the Excellentia prize by the magazine Pizzicato for its 2008 recording of the complete cycle of Bartók’s string quartets.

In 2002, following a long Hungarian musical tradition, Gábor Takács-Nagy turned to conducting and in 2006 became Music Director of the Weinberger Kammerorchester. The following year he became Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and in June 2011, with this Orchestra and Martha Argerich and David Guerrier as soloists, released a DVD of performances of Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto and Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings. From 2010 to 2012 he was Music Director of the MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest, and since September 2011 has been Music Director of Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras. He was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra in September 2012 and Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra in January 2013. A dedicated and highly sought-after chamber music teacher, Gábor Takács-Nagy is Professor of String Quartet at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva and International Chair in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In June 2012 


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