Gilbert Varga, conductor

Gilbert Varga, principal conductor of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, is one of Europe’s most sought-after conductors. He has conducted many of the world’s major orchestras, including the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Radio Symphony Berlin; Orchestre de Paris; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Budapest Festival Orchestra; Munich, Oslo, and Rotterdam philharmonics; Bavarian Radio, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Saint Louis, Sydney, and Toronto symphonies; and Los Angeles and Saint Paul chamber orchestras.

Born in London, Mr. Varga studied violin with his father, Tibor Varga. He studied conducting under Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache, and Charles Bruck. He served as chief conductor of the Hofer Symphoniker and the Philharmonia Hungarica, permanent guest conductor of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the Malmö Symphony. In 1997 he became music director of the Basque National Orchestra, leading them through ten seasons, including tours across the U.K., Germany, Spain, and South America.

Mr. Varga’s discography includes recordings with the ASV, Koch International, and Claves record labels. His latest recording, of cello concertos by Shostakovich and Martinů with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Christian Poltéra (Bis), was released in May 2017.