Quartet Master Class!

Brahms Master class!

Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C-Minor

Gábor Takács-Nagy leads a Chamber Music Master class at the Verbier Festival Academy.

Gábor Takács-Nagy is a well-known performer and teacher of chamber music. Having studied in Budapest at the Franz Liszt Academy and later with Nathan Milstein, he was one of the founding members and first violin of the Takács Quartet which became world-renowned as one of the finest string quartets of its day.

Since 1997, Gábor Takács-Nagy is Professor of String Quartet at the Geneva Conservatoire, and he regularly gives master classes at several international academies. In 1998, he founded the Mikrokosmos string quartet with Zoltan Tuska, Sandor Papp and Miklos Perényi.

In 2001, Gábor Takács-Nagy started to conduct, creating in 2005 his own string orchestra, the Camerata Bellerive, and he was also named “Artistic Director” of the Budapest Chamber Concert Orchestra. In August 2007 he was named Artistic Director of the UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and he is regularly invited to conduct the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Toho Gakuen Orchestra in Tokyo.

In this master class he works with students on the first movement of Brahms’ 3rd Piano Quartet. Note how tries to have the students achieve so much more than playing the notes: He resorts to comparisons (“Like walking in water”), and he finds other ways to have these young players express all they can of this Brahms masterpiece.

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