Recently honored having been chosen to conduct the memorial concert on November 18, 2017 for Zoltán Kocsis, the revered past music director of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Róbert Farkas was born in Òzd, Hungary and grew up surrounded by various musical influences and traditions. From early childhood on, he has been exposed to the vivacious folklore of the Roma-music and to Piano and Solfeggio lessons using the Kodály method.
At fourteen, he continued his musical studies at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Miskolc and specialized in Solfeggio, Music Theory and Piano. After switching to the Conservatory in Budapest bearing the same name, he successfully graduated in 2000, receiving his diploma. 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 this time period he attended master classes held by Péter Eötvös, Bernard Haitink, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Jorma Panula, winning the 2011 international Lovro von Maracic competition in Croatia as well as the third prize, orchestra prize and special award from the Croatian Composer’s Society (HDS).
After his studies he became musical assistant at the working stage of the Berliner Staatsoper, where he participated in productions like Schostakowitsch’s “Moskau Tscherjomuschki,” Hindemith’s “Didactic Piece” and, in the context of the same festival, the world premiere of Wolgang Rihm’s “Nietsche-opera Dionysos.” The second production of this opera marked Farkas’s debüt in conducting opera at the Heidelberg Opera House (Theater und Orchester Heidelberg), which would lead to a full time position as musical coach with conducting responsibilities. In Heidelberg, he would conduct many classical operas like “Cosi fan tutte,” “La Traviata” and “The Abduction from the Seraglio.” He also conducted contemporary works like the German premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s “The Turn of the Tide” and the minimalist opera “Echnaton” by Philip Glass. Moreover, he worked as an assistant and coconductor to Johannes Harneit in the world premieres of “Evenings at the River and High Tide,” with Peter Konwitschny as director. In 2013 he began to cooperate with the Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer at the Berliner Concert House Orchestra and has been assisting him since 2015 in productions also with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Róbert Farkas has conducted the Berliner Concert House Orchestra (Konzerthaus), the Symphony Orchestra of Croatian Radio Television, the Berliner Symphonic Orchestra (Berliner Symphoniker), the Savaria Symphonic Orchestra and the Collegium Musicum Youthorchestra, Pommersfelden. He is currently living and working in Heidelberg.
Róbert Farkas, Hungarian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony No. 2, J. Brahms
Róbert Farkas, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Carmina Burana, C. Orff
Róbert Farkas, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Fledermaus Overture, J. Strauss
Pommersfelden 2015 Collegium Musicum, Mendelssohn, “Italian Symphony”
Theater und Orchester Heidelberg : Le nozze di Figaro, No. 17
“Hai già vinta la causa! … Vedrò mentr’io sospiro”
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