Conductor
Róbert
Farkas

Chief Conductor of MÀV Symphony Orchestra (Budapest)

  • Country Hungary
  • City ​​of birth Òzd, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
About

Hungarian/German conductor Róbert Farkas, Chief Conductor of the Mav Symphony Orchestra in Budapest since September 2021, captured the attention of the classical music world when he won the third prize of the International Lovro von Matačić competition, as well as the Opera Award and the Special Award of the Croatian Composer's Society (HDS) in 2011. Since then, he conducted on a regular basis and developed strong artistic ties to such orchestras as the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Danubia Orchestra in Budapest. Most recently another meaningful and regular co-operation connects him to the Banatul State Philharmonic orchestra in Timisoara (Romania) where he became principal guest conductor for the season of 2022/23.

In Germany he conducted the Berliner Konzerthausorchester, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Leipziger Kammerorchester, the Heidelberger Philharmoniker, the Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester, the Rheinische Philharmonie and the Collegium Musicum Pommersfelden. 

Internationally he conducted the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Croation Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Sofia. In 2022 he will conduct his Austrian Debut in Salzburg with theh Hungarian National Philharmonic

Apart from several classical operas like Cosi fan tutte, La Traviata or Die Entführung aus dem Serail, he also conducted modern and contemporary works like Shostakovich's Moskau Tscherjomuschki, Hindemith's Lehrstück, Rihm's Nietzsche opera Dionysos, Peter Maxwell Davies' The Turn of the Tide, Echnaton by Philip Glass and Johannes Harneit's Abends am Fluss and Hochwasser. 

Because of his creative and imaginative musical mind, internationally renowned conductors like Iván Fischer, Dmitri Kitajenko and Péter Eötvös, accompany his career as mentors. Many years ago, Maestro Kocsis saw personally that he conducts his Debut with the Hungarian National Philharmonic. Robert Farkas also attended Masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Jorma Panula. 

Farkas was born in Òzd, Hungary and grew up surrounded by various musical influences and traditions. He then studied Choral Conducting and Music Pedagogy as well Conducting with both Tamás Gál and András Ligeti. In 2006, he was awarded an Erasmus scholarship, which brought him to The University of the Arts in Berlin, where he continued his studies in Conducting with Professor Lutz Köhler until receiving his degree in 2012.

During the year 2013 his collaboration with conductor Iván Fischer started. For several years he worked with him closely at Konzerthausorchester in Berlin and the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Hungary, on tour and at their home series. 

2020 saw the release of his first CD, a recording of piano concertos by Anton Rubinstein with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati. He also conducted the Hungarian premiere of the Tchaikovsky’s 7th Symphony with the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra in Hungary during that season.  

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January 18, 2023
Orquestra Clássica Santa Cecilia
Reznicek: Donna Diana Ouverture
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, in C minor, Op. 18
Szymon Nehring (piano)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, in E-flat major, Op. 55
Auditorio Nacional de Música – Sala Sinfónica

January 27, 2023
Banatul Philharmonic
Mahler: Blumine
Sabi Pautza: Concerto for Percussion
Doru Roman (percussion)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, «Titan»
Sala Capitol, Timisoara

February 9, 2023
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Mahler: Blumine
Tschaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.2 in G major, Op. 44
Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1, in D major, «Titan»
Béla Bartók Hall, MUPA, Budapest

March 3, 2023
MÀV Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian National Choir
Brahms: Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13
Brahms: German Requiem, Op. 45
Polina Pasztircsák (Sopran)
Holger Falk (bariton)
Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest

April 7, 2023
Banatul Timișoara Philharmonic
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Ouverture, Op. 26
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Op. 64
TBA
Brahms: Symphony No. 3, in F major, Op. 90
Sala Capitol, Timisoara

April 15, 2023
MÀV-Symphonic Orchestra
Haydn: Symphony No. 44, e-moll
Schubert: Symphony No. 4, c-moll, «Tragic»
Hungarian National Museum, Budapest

April 20, 2023
MÀV Symphony orchestra
Haydn: Symphony No. 44, in e minor, Hob, 1:44

Berg: Violin Concerto
Lisa Fertschman (violin)
Schubert: Symphony No. 4, c-moll «Tragic»
Franz Liszt Music Academy, Budapest

May 11, 2023
Filarmonica de Stat
Haydn: Symphony No. 44, in e minor, Hob, 1:44
Elgar: Cello Concerto, Op. 85
Octavian Lup (cello)
Schubert: Symphony No. 4, c-moll «Tragic»
Sala Enescu-Bartòk, Oradea

May 16, 2023
Details TBD

May 25, 2023
MÀV-Symphonic Orchestra
Mozart: Serenade, KV. 525 «Eine kleine Nachtmusik»
Reicha: Concerto for two Horns
Zoltán Szőke (horn)
Bálint Képíró (horn)
Mozart: Symphony B-dur, KV. 319
Festecsics Palace, Budapest

June 16, 2023
Banatul Timisoara Philarmonic
Dohnanyi: Symphonic Minutes
Dohnanyi: Konzertstück for celo and orchestra in D major, Op. 12
Bartók: Hungarian Pictures
Kodaly: Dances of Galánta

Sala Capitol, Timisoara

January 2, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Dvorak: slavonic Dances Op 46, No. 1, 3, 6, 8
Eugen Suchon: Symfonietta Rustica
Bartók: Seven Choruses with small Orchestra
Cantemus Pro Musica Gilchoir – Dénes Szabó
Chopin: Andante spianato et Grand Polonaise
János Balázs (piano)
Smetana: Ma Vlast – Moldau
Kodály: Dances of Galánta
Castel Garden, Budapest
 
January 13, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30
Sergei Babayan (piano)
Bartók: suite No. 2
Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
 
January 20, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Molnár: Mars Mission (worldpremier)
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major
Liszt: Hungarian Fantasy
Alexander Ghindin (piano)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op 90, “Italian”
Béla Bartók Hall, MUPA, Budapest
 
January 22, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra, Strauss Marathon
Strauss: Burleske
Dénes Várjon (piano)
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel lustige Streiche
Béla Bartók Hall, MUPA, Budapest
 
March 19, 2022
Òbuda Danubia Orchestra
Schönberg: Theme and Variations, Op 43b
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26
Kristóf Baráti (violin)
John Adams: Harmonielehre
Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
 
April 20, 2022
Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Choir
Telemann: Magnificat in C major TVWV 9:11
Vivaldi: Magnificat RV 610
Bach: Magnificat BWV 243
Andrea Csereklyei (sopran), Sára Banai (sopran), Kornélia Bakos (alt)
Márton Komáromi (tenor), István Kovács (bass)
Szabolcs Hámori (bass)
Matthias Church, Budapest
 
May 19, 2022
Hungarian National Philharmonic
Kodály: Peacock Variations
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major
Réka Kristóf (sopran)
Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg
 
May 20, 2022
Hungarian National Philharmonic
Kodály: Dances of Galánta
Dohnányi: Symphonic Minutes, Op 36
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major
Réka Kristóf (sopran)
Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg
 
June 3, 2022
Banatul Philharmonic
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major
Sylvia Rena Ziegler
Sala Capitol, Timisoara
 
July 8, 2022
MÁV Sumphony Orchestra
Works by Verdi & Bizet
Budapest, Open Air
 
August 5, 2022
Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra
Haydn: Symphony Nº 83 in G minor, the «Hen»
Respoghi: «The Birds»
Bloch: Schelomo
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Misha Maisky (cello)
Veszprem, Hungary
 
September 2, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: King Stephan – Overture
De Falla: Three Conerned Hat, Suite No. 1
Mozart: Magic Flute – Overture
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Bakáts tèr, Budapest
 
September 3, 2022
Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Choir
Kodály- Kocsis: Orphan Bird – folksong
Gabriella Balga (sopran)
Bartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs – Ballade
Bartók: Romanian Folkdances
Kodály-Kocsis: Puciné – folksong
András Palerdi (bass)
Bartók: Twenty Hungarian Folksongs – Szekler Song
Gabriella Balga (sopran)
Bartók: Five Hungarian Folksongs
András Palerdi (bass)
Kodály: double- Dance of Kálló
Margaret Island Open-Air Stage, Budapest
 
October 1, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Mozart: Serenade (Little Night Music)
KV.525
J. C. Bach: Sinfonia Concertante W C34
Mozart: Symphony in B major KV.319
Bölcske, Szent András Kastély
 
October 13, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Mozart: The Magic Flute Ouverture KV. 620
Eötvös: Cello Concerto Grosso
István Várdai (cello)
Dubrovai: Faus Suite No. 1
Mozart: Symphony in G minor, KV 550
Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest
 
October 23, 2022
Gödöllő Symphony Orchestra
Elgar: Cello Concerto, Op. 85
Miklós Perényi (cello)
Liszt: Les Preludes
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in b minor, D 759
Royal Palace, Gödöllő
 
October 27, 2022
Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic Orchestra
Tschaikovsky: Piano Concerto Nº 2 in G major, Op. 44
Eva Garet (piano)
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D 944, “Great”

Filarmonica de Stat, Satu Mare
 
November 5, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Egmont Ouverture, Op. 84
Beethoven: Symphony No.3, in E-flat major, Op. 55
Castel Garden, Budapest
 
November 20, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Dragony: Onyx (world premier)
Grieg: Piano Concerto, in A minor, Op. 16
Valentin Magyar (piano)
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125
Bence Temesvári (cello)
Béla Bartók Hall, MUPA, Budapest
 
November 24, 2022
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: The Ruins of Athen
Liszt-Beethoven: The Ruins of Athen Fantasy
Liszt-Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy
Cyprien Katsaris (piano)
Schubert: Symphony No. 9, in C major, D 944, «Great»
Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
 
November 30, 2022
Hungarian National Philharmonic
Cherubini: Medea Overture
Paganini: Violin Concerto No.4 in D minor
Sergei Krylov (violin)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 in A major, Op.90 «Italian»
Béla Bartók Hall, MUPA, Budapest
 
December 9, 2022
Banatul Philharmonic
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, in C minor, Op. 18
Szymon Nehring (piano)
Schubert: Symphony No. 9, in C major, «Great»
Sala Capitol, Timisoara
 
December 16, 2022
Budafok Dohnányi Symphony Orchestra
Reznicek: Donna Diana Ouverture
Meskó: Tronconcerto
TBA
Brahms: Symphony No. 4, in E minor, Op. 98
Gábor Klauzál Center of Culture, Budapest
 

August 8, 2021
Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain
Kovács: Pandea’s Moon (world premier)
Mónika Ruth Vida
Dukas: L’ Apprenti Sorcier
Shostakovich: The Golden Age suite
Milhaud: Suite Francaise
Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals
Khatchaturian: Masquerade Suite
Stravinsky: Cirkus Polka
Castel Garden, Budapest

September 12, 2021
Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26
Tianwa Yang (violin)
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11
Theater Lippstadt

September 26, 2021
Hungarian National Philharmonic
Dubrovay: Hunter Symphony (world premier)
Händel: Water Music Suite in D major, HWV 349 – VI. Lamento
Händel: Water Music Suite in F major, HWV 349 – III. Allegro
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, RV 315 – Summer
Júlia Pusker (violin)
Haydn: The Seasons, Hob XXI:3 (extracts)
Weber: Der Freischütz, Hunter Choir
Wagner: The Valkyrie, The Ride of the Valkyrie
Smetana: Ma Vlast, Moldau
Suppé: Light Cavalry Ouverture
Strauss: Auf der Jagd, Polka
Kodály: Háry János (extract)
Strauss: The Blue Danube Walz
Béla Bartók Hall; MUPA, Budapest

September 28, 2021
Liszt: Prometheus
Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 54
Gábor Farkas (piano)
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e minor Op. 98
Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest

October 22, 2021
Pannon Philharmonic, Hungarian Radio Choire
Liszt: Missa Solemnis
Polina Pasztircsák (sopran), Dorottya Láng ( mezzo)
Szabolcs Brickner (tenor), Gábor Bretz (bass)
Basilica, Estergom

October 29, 2021
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite
Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4 in d minor, Op. 70
Schaghajegh Nosrati (piano)
Tschaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in f minor, Op. 36
Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest

November 11, 2021
Hungarian National Philharmonic
Haydn: Symphony No. 83 in g minor, Hob. I:83
Gyöngyösi: Symphony No. 1
Haydn: Berenice, che fai? Hob. XXIVa:10
Réka Kristóf (sopran)
Haydn : Symphony No. 82, Hob. I:82
Pesti Vigadó, Budapest

November 12, 2021
Hungarian National Philharmonic
Haydn: Symphony No. 83 in g minor, Hob. I:83
Gyöngyösi: Symphony No. 1
Haydn: Berenice, che fai? Hob. XXIVa:10
Réka Kristóf (sopran)
Haydn : Symphony No. 82, Hob. I:82
Balaton Theater, Keszthely

November 13, 2021
MÀV Symphony Orchestra
“Grandchildren and Grandparents”
Italian Institute, Budapest

December 18, 2021
Zugló Philharmonic
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Ouverture
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major
Sebestyén Pellet
Járdányi: Vörösmarty Symphony
Pesti Vigadó, Budapest

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