4 July 1921, Györ – 4 September 2003 Grimisuat, Switzerland
Tibor Varga was a Hungarian violinist and conductor and pedagogue of world-wide renown.
Young Varga took his first lessons at the age of two and a half with his father Lajos Varga, who had been an excellent violinist. He made his first public appearance at the age of six and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the age of 10 and made his first recordings at the age of 13. He began touring Europe when he was 14.
Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Fritz Lehmann
After the War he continued his concert activities, becoming one of the most prominent soloists. Varga collaborated with eminent conductors such as Ernest Ansermet, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Ferenc Fricsay, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Igor Markevitch, Hans Rosbaud, Georg Solti and others. He performed with the greatest orchestras such as the London Philharmonia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded for labels such as Deutsche Grammophon and EMI. A recording of the Bartok Violin Concerto no. 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Ferenc Fricsay as well as his versions of the Violin Concertos by Max Bruch, Mozart, Carl Nielsen, Paganini, Tchaikovsky etc. have become major references of musical interpretation.
Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No.1
W.A. Mozart – Rondo for violin No. 373
He had an extensive recording career with numerous labels. A recording of the Bartok Violin Concerto no. 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Ferenc Fricsay is now legendary…
Sarasate – Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43