Gilbert Varga, son of celebrated Hungarian violinist Tibor Varga, studied under three very different and distinctive maestros: Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Charles Bruck.
Renowned for his elegant and exceptionally clear baton technique, Varga is acclaimed repeatedly for performances displaying a broad range of colors, exquisite textures, and subtle use of dynamics.
Varga has conducted many of the major orchestras across the world including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Symphony, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, amongst others.
Earlier in his career Varga held titled positions with the Hofer Symphoniker, Philharmonia Hungarica and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra; between 1997–2000 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Malmo Symphony Orchestra and between 1997–2008 was Music Director of the Basque National Symphony Orchestra leading them on tours across the UK, Germany, Spain and South America. In May 2013 Varga was appointed Principal Conductor of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Varga’s discography includes recordings with several labels.