Gabor Varga

“We know ligatures are different, but the Silverstein ligatures make the difference!!”

Gabor Varga was born in 1974, Hungary. He has received his diploma from the Liszt Academy of Music of Budapest in 1998. Since 1997 he is serving as a principal clarinet in the Hungarian Radio Symphony. He also performed as a guest solo artist in Finland, Slovaki, Romania, Austria ( Musikverein ), Germany ( Gewandhaus ), France, Spain, China and Taiwan. 

He is the winner of several international competitions: the Dohnanyi Prize in 2000, the XI. International Clarinet Competition in Seville – Spain as wellas the Niveau Prize from the Hungarian Radio in 2001. Between 2005-2007 he was engaged with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He has won several national and international prizes and performed recitals and concerts worldwide in such concert halls like Musikverein and Gewandhause .

He has performed chamber music with notable musicians such as Marta Gulyas, Peter Nagy, Tamas Vasary, Jeno Jando, Miklos Perenyi, Gustav Rivinius. During his career, he has performed several world premieres, including Kovacs’s Dream Dances, Fekete’s Csardas, Durko’s Double Concerto and Szentpali’s Concerto that were all dedicated to him. He has recorded for Hungarian Radio and published CDs in Germany and Taiwan.

He is giving master classes regularly in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and taking part of various music festivals. ​Since 2014 he is Professor of Clarinet at Varga Tibor Faculty of Musical Arts, Győr and Professor of Clarinet at the University of Debrecen.

EDUCATION
2002 – Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris
2001 – Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest DLA PROGRAM
1996 – 1998 – Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest
1992 – 1996 – Liszt Ferenc Conservatory of Szeged
1990 – 1992 – Tömörkény István Secondary School of Music, Szeged
1988 – 1990 – Kodály Zoltán Secondary School of Music, Kecskemét

WORK EXPERIENCE
2007 – current – Principal clarinet player of the Hungarian Radio Symphony
2005 – 2007 – Associate Principal of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
1997 – Principal clarinet player of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
1997 – Principal clarinet player of the MATÁV Symphony Orchestra
1996 – Second clarinet player of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
1995 – Principal clarinet player of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra

MAJOR AWARDS
2001 – XI. International Clarinet Competition, Sevilla, 1ST Prize
1993 & 1995 – Weiner Leó International Woodwind Competition, 3rd Prize
1992 – János Richter Woodwind Competition, Győr, 2nd Prize

MAJOR TEACHERS: Tibor Dittrich, János Maczák, János Török, Bálint Szabó, and Miklós Kőmíves