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Gábor Farkas

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Gábor Farkas

Gábor Farkas

Gábor Farkas is beyond doubt one of the finest pianists of his generation. His highly personal performing style has earned him the name „the poet of the piano” - a unique title coined by world famous pianist and conductor Tamás Vásáry. Farkas is well known for his huge repertoire, with an emphasis on the romantic period, and his powerful virtuoso technique combined with a soothing bel canto tone.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2016, and ever since 2017 is an official Steinway artist. Born in Ózd, Hungary, Gábor Farkas graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, in 2005 after studying under Sándor Falvai and Attila Némethy. He finished his DLA studies in 2014 at his Alma Mater under the mentorship of Zoltán Kocsis and Tamás Vásáry. At the same time, he was a student of Professor William Grant Naboré at the International Piano Academy Lake Como. In the past years Farkas performed in the most famous concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall (New York), Teatro la Fenice (Venice), BOZAR (Brussels), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), NCPA Concert Hall (Beijing), Seoul Art Center (Seoul), Oriental Art Center (Shanghai) and Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo).

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 best Liszt recording of the year given by the Franz Liszt International Society. His latest CD of Chopin Ballades and Impromptus released by in May, 2019 earning a high acclaim in the circle of reviewers worldwide; the recording got a 5-star rating - among others – from the Fanfare Magazine and Piano News Magazin. Currently he is the Head of Keyboard Department and Head of the Doctoral School at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, and a Guest Professor at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan.