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03. Oct. - 16. Dec 2017
Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition
Budapest, Pécs
Farkas Róbert

Róbert Farkas was born in 1982 in Ózd, Hungary. He started his music studies at his age of eight in Heves, before he continued his solfeggio, music theory and piano studies at the Bartók Béla Music Conservatory in Budapest. From 2006, after graduating from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music as a vocal and music teacher and choral conductor and starting his orchestral conducting studies, Róbert Farkas continued at the Universität de Künste in Berlin. He graduated in 2012 as a student of Lutz Köhler. In 2011 he won 3. Prize at the Lovro von Matacic Conducting Competition and the Special Award of the Croatian Composers’ Society and the Award of the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. After graduating he started working as a correpetiteur and music assistant at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, contributing to productions such as Moscow, Cheryomushki by Dmitri Shostakovich; Lehrstück by Hindemith-Brecht and Europeras 3 &4 by John Cage. He made his debut at the opera stage with the Theater un Orchester Heidelberg as music assistant and correpetiteur, performing Dionysos by Wofgang Rihm, followed by a three year period of conducting several productions of the Heidelberg opera house. His interest in modern music revealed itself in relevant productions like Echnaton, an opera by Philipp Glass or the first performance in Germany of The Turn of the Tide by Peter Maxwell Davis. Furthermore, he took part in the rehearsals of a number of world premiers, working as personal assistant for various composers. In 2016 Róbert Farkas cooperated with David Robertson and, as an instructor conductor, he helped Pablo Heras Casado and Robin Ticciati to prepare to the Echo Classic gala concert. He started cooperating with Iván Fischer in 2013 in Berlin; since then, they have been partnering in several productions at the Konzerthausorchester. Since 2015, Farkas has been working for the Budapest Festival Orchestra, organizing concerts and tours for the ensemble. At his first performance in Budapest, commemorating Zoltán Kocsis, he conducted the Piano Concerto by Busoni (with Kun Woo Paik) and the Symphony No. 2 by Brahms. In 2017 he conducted as a guest conductor at the Klassz a pARTon festival.

In addition to the above mentioned ensembles, Róbert Farkas has worked with other world renowed orchestras including the Berliner Symphoniker, the Luzern Festivalstrings, the Leipziger Mendelssohn Kammerorchester, the Neophone Ensemble, the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Wernigerode, the Collegium Musicum Pommersfelden, the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Szombathely Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he lives and works in Berlin.