Gilbert Varga

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Gilbert Varga (born 1952, London) is a British conductor.

Varga studied violin from the age of four with his father, Tibor Varga, a famous Hungarian violinist and conductor. After an accident brought an abrupt halt to a promising solo career Gilbert studied conducting under Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Charles Bruck.

The earlier part of his conducting career concentrated on work with many chamber orchestras throughout Germany and France including extensive work with the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra. From 1980 to 1985 Gilbert Varga was Chief Conductor of the Hofer Symphoniker and between 1985 and 1990 Chief Conductor of the Philharmonia Hungarica in Marl, with whom he toured throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. In 1990, his final year as Music Director, he conducted their debut tour to Hungary with Yehudi Menuhin.

Since that time, he was invited to conduct several European ensembles including the Munich Philharmonic, the radio orchestras of Cologne and Frankfurt and the Gurzenich Orchestra. From 1991 to 1995 he was Permanent Guest Conductor of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and from 1997 until 2000 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and from 2001 to 2008 he was Principal Conductor of the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra (Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Håkan Hardenberger plays Swedish Trumpet Concertos Håkan Hardenberger, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert Varga 1
2009 Piano Concerto no. 1 / Piano Concerto no. 2 Chopin; Sequeira Costa, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gilbert Varga 1
2010 Prokofiev / Ravel Prokofiev, Ravel; Anna Vinnitskaya, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gilbert Varga 1

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