Garbor Farkas


Studied under Zoltan Kocsis,

real list player

``How convincing is the music of Garbol, who develops even a simple subject in a powerful and dramatic way.

I was struck by the first phrase..."

- Music Web International -

"It's by far the most impressive Liszt recording I've heard in years.

Tempo and even the most difficult passages are never defensive. While maintaining an aggressive stance, his technique is surprisingly stable. A wide range of dynamics and a gifted ability to perceive Liszt's musical language. Even in the most technical parts, Farkas always pulls it off.

Once you hear it, you should know it too.

- From Gramophone magazine -



Gabor Farkas (1981) graduated from the Budapest Liszt Conservatory in 2005. In 2014, he received his doctorate from the Conservatoire under the guidance of Zoltan Kocsis and Tamash Vasali. At the same time, he studied at the Lake Como International Piano Academy under Mr. William Navoray.

In 2015, he won the Grand Prize at the New York Concert Artist & Associates Competition, and in 2016 he gave his debut recital at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, at the 6th International Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar, he won the 1st Prize, the Audience Prize and the Best Haydn Sonata Player Prize. In 2003, he won first prize at the Hungarian National Radio Piano Competition, won the Vienna Bartók Behra Piano Competition in 2000, and won numerous other awards at the Budapest Liszt Competition, the Swiss Greta Ericsson International Piano Competition, and the Budapest Andorfludes Competition.

In March 2012, he was awarded the Franz Liszt Prize, the highest Hungarian artist award. Received the Gundel Art Prize in May 2009, the Prima Junior Award in November 2008, the Best Young Artist in March 2008, and the Hungarian Honorary Citizen Award in October 2015.

In recent years, Hungarian concert halls, as well as the most important concert halls Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Beaux Arts (Brussels), Concerto Haus (Berlin), Auditorio National Musica (Madrid), NCPA Concert Hall (Beijing) , Seoul Art Center (Seoul), Oriental Art Center (Shanghai), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo), etc. Invited to numerous prestigious music festivals: Budapest Spring Festival, International Piano Forum (Berlin), Schumann Festival (Zwickau), Bach Festival (Thuringia), Pèlerinages Festival (Weimar), Music Aston (Beijing), Piano Festival (Vilnius), Kaposfest (Hungary), Franz Liszt Festival (Gudru Castle, Hungary). He has performed with world-famous conductors such as Zoltán Kocsis, Adam Fischer, Oli Mustonen, Philip Bender, George Chitinase, Olaf Hensold, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Gabor Takachinaj, and Tamarsh Vasyaly. It has gained.


Debut CD "An evening with Liszt" was released from Warner Classics in November 2008, and in 2009 won the prestigious Grand Prix Award as Best Liszt Recording from the Franz Liszt International Association. The second CD is a live recording of the official opening concert of the 2011 Liszt anniversary, performed by the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zoltan Kocsis. This CD will also be released from Warner Classics in July 2011. Three different CDs were released in 2017. The first was the release of "virtuoso opera and song transcriptions of Liszt" from Steinway, New York in January. The album release concert was held grandly at the Steinway Hall in New York and was a great success. The second release is the "Schumann Album" from Hungaroton, Hungary. It has received great reviews from various music magazines. The third release is "Ferenz Farkasz Piano Concerto" from London Toccata Classics. The Marv Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Takac Najgabol, founder of the Takac String Quartet.

In recent years, he has been recommended by companies in New York, Hamburg, and Budapest, and has been awarded the title of Steinway artist.

Future plans include an Asian tour in South Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan, as well as a concert with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra in Hungary. Invited as a professor at Tokyo College of Music in Japan, he devotes himself to nurturing the younger generation.

Back to blog