István Varga

István Varga studied at the Liszt Academy of Music (László Mező), the Belgrade Academy of Music (Viktor Jakovcic) and the Paris Conservatoire (Maurice Gendron). Until 1999 he lived in Yugoslavia, where he taught at the Belgrade and Novi Sad Academies of Music. 

He founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Academica and the Goldberg String Trio, considered the leading ensembles in Yugoslavia. He has performed at all the major festivals and with all the major orchestras in the former Yugoslavia. He has been awarded the Prize of the Yugoslav Composers’ Association and the Gold Medal of the Serbian Cultural Association, the highest professional award in the country.

In 1999 he moved to Hungary, where he is currently a cello teacher at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. He is a member of the Auer Trio with Balázs Fülei and Péter Kováts, and a regular chamber partner of pianist Gábor Csalog.

He has performed as a soloist at the Budapest Spring Festival, the Budapest Autumn Festival, the ‘Arcus Temporum’ Pannonhalma Arts Festival, the International Bartók Seminar and Festival, and with the Hungarian Radio, Telekom and Weiner-Szász orchestras. He has also performed in France, England, the Netherlands, Austria, Turkey, the United States and Russia in major concert halls such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Paris’ Salle Gaveau and Moscow’s Rachmaninov Hall.

As a chamber musician, he has performed with artists such as Valery Affanasyev, Konstantin Bogino, Zoltán Fejérvári, Ian Fountain, Erika Geldsetzer Keller András, Imre Rohmann, Aleksandar Madjar, Albert Markov, J.M.Philips-Varjabedian, Pavel Vernikov, Marine Yashvili, among others.