2019 Varga Master Class | Webster University

Maestro Gilbert Varga returns to CMS for Master Class

Gilbert VargaFebruary 27, 2019 - Maestro Gilbert Varga returns for his fourth visit to the Community Music School for a Master Class sponsored by the CMS Preparatory Program on March 20th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the CMS Concert Hall.

Maestro Varga previously visited the CMS in 2008, 2010 and 2016.  He will hear advanced CMS Preparatory Program students performing the first movements of the Brahms Piano Quintet in f minor Op. 34, the Debussy String Quartet in g minor Op. 10., and the Pavel Haas String Quartet No. 3.

The Master Class is FREE and open to the public to observe.  For more information, call 314-968-5939.  Special thanks to our partners at the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.

More about Maestro Varga

Gilbert Varga, son of the celebrated Hungarian violinist Tibor Varga, studied under three very different and distinctive maestros: Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Charles Bruck. A commanding and authoritative figure on the podium, Varga is renowned for his elegant baton technique, and has held positions with and guest-conducted many of the major orchestras throughout the world.

In Europe Varga regularly conducts the major orchestras in musical centres such as Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Cologne, Budapest, Lisbon, Brussels and Glasgow, with soloists such as Mørk, Ehnes, Vinnitskaya, Hamelin and Gerstein. Repeatedly acclaimed for his ability to draw out a broad range of colours and emotions from the orchestra, Varga’s programmes frequently feature the ballet suites, tone poems and symphonies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

More about the CMS Preparatory Program

The Preparatory Program (Prep) is designed to augment the individual music study of exceptionally talented string, woodwind, brass, and piano students who anticipate pursuing a career in music. Utilizing the vast artistic resources of the Greater St. Louis region, including the St. Louis Symphony, area University and other music professionals, and our own Community Music School and Webster University faculty, the Preparatory Program offers high caliber instruction, performance opportunities, and artistic mentoring in one comprehensive curriculum. The curriculum is centered on chamber music and also includes theory, ear training, music history and literature, performance classes, and special events such as recitals, master classes, and guest lectures. The Preparatory Program seeks to offer the resources and opportunities necessary to support tomorrow's professional musicians.