Gábor Farkas



He began his music studies in the age of five and holds a PhD and an MA degree in piano performance and teaching from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. His special talent is appreciated internationally: In 2009, he won the “63. International Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar” and the “Audience’s Prize” and an award for best performance of Haydn Sonata, in 2003 he received the first prize of the “Hungarian National Radio’s Piano Competition”, and in 2000 he was the winner of the “Bartók Béla Piano Competition” in Baden bei Wien. In May 2009 he received the “Gundel Art Prize”, in November 2008 he was awarded the „Prima Junior” prize for outstanding talents.

In March 2008 he was awarded a special state prize “The best young artist of the year”. His uplifting performance has enchanted the audience throughout Europe and the world: along the past years he performed in the concert halls of Hungary, Vienna, Baden bei Wien, Berlin, Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Florence, Paris, London, Helsinki, Calgary, Sakata, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Weimar and Bayreuth. He was invited to prestigious international festivals, such as the “Budapest Spring Festival”, the “International Piano Forum”, Berlin, and the “Ferenc Liszt Festival” in the Castle of Gödöllő, Hungary.

In January 2011, he was the soloist of the Official Opening Concert of the Liszt Year 2011, Zoltán Kocsis conducting the National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Palace of Arts, Budapest. So far, he has worked with such world-wide known conductors as Ádám Fischer, or Tamás Vásáry. Gábor Farkas has attended the master courses of professors György Nádor, László Simon, Ferenc Rados, Péter Frankl, Rolf Dieter Arens, Jan Wijn, Brigitte Engerer and William Grant Nabore. In the past years, he received the scholar- ships “Pro Europe” and “Ferenc Liszt” in Budapest.

In 2001 he won the scholarship of the “European Cultural Foundation” in Strasbourg. His debut CD recording entitled „An evening with Liszt” was published by Warner Music in November, 2008, which won the prestigious “Grand Prix” as the Liszt recording of the year 2009 given by the Franz Liszt International Society. His second album will be a live recording of the Official Opening Concert of the Liszt Year, 2011 with Zoltán Kocsis, also to be published by Warner Music.