The Hungarian conductor Róbert Farkas 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. In the following years, he worked with the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Symphonic Orchestra Savaria and the Pannon Philharmonic in Pécs and conducts the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Danubia Orchestra in Hungaria on a regular basis.
He already worked with the Berliner Konzerthausorchester, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Leipziger Kammerorchester, the Heidelberger Philharmoniker, the Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester and the Collegium Musicum Pommersfelden in Germany and with the Croatian Radio Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra internationally.
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, he also impressed internationally renowned conductors like Iván Fischer, Dimitri Kitajenko and Péter Eötvös, who accompany his career as mentors. He also visited Masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Jorma Panula.
Róbert Farkas was born in Òzd, Hungary and grew up surrounded by various musical influ-ences 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.
2013 started his cooperation with the Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Since 2015 he is responsible for the productions with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Budapest Festival Orchestra as his assistant. A recent highlight was his debut as conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In the season 2018/19, he takes over the musical direction of the children’s opera “The Gruffalo” by Iván Fischer with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He is also guest conductor at the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Danubia Orchestra in Budapest and the Symphonic Orchestras in Timisoara and Wuppertal.
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