Tamash Varga

©︎Olga Kretsch
~ A man who inherits the tradition of the Vienna Philharmonic ~
In 1998 he joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and in 2001 joined the Vienna Philharmonic Society.
For 20 years, cellist Tamas Varga has lived with the Vienna Philharmonic and inherited the traditional music of Vienna.
With a sincere attitude towards music and a deep interpretation of his works, he performs a wide range of repertoire, from classical to contemporary, and is active all over the world.



©︎Olga Kretsch

Tamas Varga


Born in Budapest in 1969, Tamash Varga has been the Principal Cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 20 years, and his solo performances with this orchestra are among the highlights of his illustrious performing career. Prominent among them are Schumann's Cello Concerto, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach (2005/2006), Richard Strauss' Don Quixote, conducted by Zubin Mehta (2009), and Andris Nelsons (2017). His performances of Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B Minor have received rave reviews.
In 2018/2019, together with concertmaster Albena Danairova and world-famous pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, he will once again perform Beethoven's Triple Concerto under the baton of Andris Nelsons. He has performed as a soloist on every continent of the world, working with renowned conductors such as Adam Fischer, Seiji Ozawa, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Pinchas Steinberg and Michael Tilson Thomas. Varga, like Tilson Thomas, is convinced that one of his fundamental responsibilities is to pass on knowledge and experience to the younger generation of musicians.
He has given masterclasses all over the world and in recent years has visited Australia, China, Vietnam, Japan and the USA (New York, Berklee, Miami, Chicago). He makes full use of cutting-edge technology and also teaches via the Internet. Teaching the cello section of the Symphony Orchestra in Sydney via Youtube. other Projects like his participation in the 2018 anniversary concert through the invitation of Gustavo Dudamel of the National Youth Orchestras of Chile and Venezuela. Varga knows of the importance of working with young musicians.
He is also devoted to chamber music and regularly performs at prestigious music festivals such as the Vienna Arts Week, the Budapest Spring Festival and the Rheingau Festival. At the 2018 Salzburg Festival, Varga and his brothers from the Vienna Philharmonic gave a festive chamber concert at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Chamber musicians include Ferenc Bogner, Frédéric Chasselin, Christopher Hintahuber, Karl Leister, Bobby McFerrin, Daniel Ottensamer, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Tamas Vaszali, the Bartok String Quartet, and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra etc.
Over the past 25 years he has recorded over 30 CDs for Camerata Tokyo, Naxos, Hungaroton, King Records and Cavalli Records.
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