Gábor Farkas (1981) graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest in 2005. He finished his DLA studies in 2014 at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest under the mentorship of Zoltán Kocsis. At the same time he was a student of Prof. William Grant Naboré at the International Piano Academy Lake Como.
In 2009, he won the “63. International Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar” and the “Audience’s Prize” and an award for best performance of Haydn Sonata, in 2003 he received the first prize of the “Hungarian National Radio’s Piano Competition”, and in 2000 he was the winner of the “Bartók Béla Piano Competition” in Baden bei Wien.
InMarch 2012 he got the Franz Liszt Award (the highest Hungarian State Award for artists). In May 2009 he received the “Gundel Art Prize”, in November 2008 he was given the „Prima Junior” prize; and in March 2008 he was awarded a special state prize “The best young artist of the year”. In October 2015 he became an Honorary Citizen of the city of Ózd.
In the past years along the concert halls of Hungary he performed in the most famous concert halls such as Teatro la Fenice (Venice), BOZAR (Brussels), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Auditorio National de Musica (Madrid), NCPA Concert Hall (Beijing), Seoul Art Center (Seoul), Oriental Art Center (Shanghai) and Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo).
He was invited to prestigious international festivals, such as the “Budapest Spring Festival”; the “International Piano Forum”, Berlin; the “Schumann Festival, Zwickau; the “Bach Festival” Thuringia; “Pélerinages-Kunsfest Weimar”, “Musicathlon”, Beijing; “Piano Festival”, Vilnius; “Kaposfest”; “Ferenc Liszt Festival” in the Castle of Gödöllő, Hungary. So far, he has worked with such worldwide known conductors as Zoltán Kocsis, Ádám Fischer, Olli Mustonen, Philippe Bender, George Tchitchinadze, Olaf Henzold, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro and Tamás Vásáry.
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 2009 given by the Franz Liszt International Society. His second album was a live recording of the Official Opening Concert of the Liszt Year, 2011 with Zoltán Kocsis and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, published also by Warner Music in July 2011. He also made recordings for Brilliant Classics, Hungaroton and his new CD for the Steinway & Sons will appear in April, 2016 performing works of R. Schumann.
Besides his active concert life, he is the youngest Professor at his Alma Mater, Budapest, regularly gives master classes at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan and he is also a distinguished jury member at the PTNA International Piano Competition, Tokyo.
Among his future engagements Gábor Farkas will make his debut at the Carnegie Hall in 2016 as the winner of the 2015 Audition of New York Concert Artists & Associates and he will also perform at the Wigmore Hall, London in 2016.