Gábor Takács-Nagy was born in Budapest where he began to learn the violin at the age of eight. As a student at the Franz Liszt Academy, he won First Prize in the Jeno Hubay Violin Competition in 1979, after which he continued his studies with Nathan Milstein. From 1975 to 1992, he was founding member and leader of the renowned Takács Quartet with whom he performed with such celebrated artists as Sir Georg Solti, Lord Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, András Schiff, James Galway, Paul Tortelier, Mikhail Pletnev, Joshua Bell, Zoltan Kocsis and Gidon Kremer. The Takacs quartet made many recordings for Decca and Hungaroton. In 1982, he was awarded the Liszt Prize. In 1996, he founded the Takács Piano Trio with whom he made recordings of world premier works by Franz Liszt, Laszlo Lajtha and Sandor Veress.

Since 1997, Gábor Takács-Nagy is Professor of String Quartet at the Geneva Conservatoire and regularly gives masterclasses in several international academies. In 1998, he founded the Mikrokosmos string quartet with Zoltan Tuska, Sandor Papp and Miklos Perényi which, in 2008, will undertake the recording of the complete cycle of Bartok's string quartets.

In 2001, Gábor Takács-Nagy started to conduct, creating in 2005 his own string orchestra, the Camerata Bellerive and 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 is regularly invited to conduct the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Toho Gakuen Orchestra in Tokyo.

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