Born in Bucharest in 1980, New York-based pianist Matei Varga is already established as one of the leading young artists of his native Romania and his prodigious talent is fast becoming recognized in the United States and Europe. His debut at Zankel Hall (October 2008) was described by Rorianne Schrade of New York Concert Review as “masterful,” while his account of Schumann’s Fantasy op. 17 at the Berlin Konzerthaus (August 2009) was hailed by Wolfgang Schrieber of Süddeutsche Zeitung as “magical.”
The 2010-2011 season will mark the release of his Naxos album, produced by Max Wilcox, with piano music by George Enescu. In November 2010 he performed Chopin's E minor Piano Concerto with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, a solo recital celebrating Schumann and Chopin at the Radio Hall in Bucharest and a piano duo recital with Ben Schoeman at the Bucharest's Athenaeum. He will also be a juror at the first edition of the “Dinu Lipatti” competition in Bucharest. In April 2011, he will appear with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in Brahms' D minor Piano Concerto.
Janáček: In the Mists
Szymanowski: Scheherazade, Op. 34
Bartók: Suite, Op. 14