Matei Varga was described as “the greatest young Romanian pianist before the public today" (Enescu Festival News) and hailed as a true heir of an incomparable pianistic tradition that includes Dinu Lipatti and Clara Haskil. Mr. Varga’s latest recording, released in 2018 by Sono Luminus and titled Early Departures was praised by BBC Music Magazine as “poignant [and] delightful” and by Gramophone’s critic Jed Distler as “a beautifully executed and engineered achievement that does [Varga] proud”. In May 2019 he made his debut at Victoria Hall in Geneva performing Chopin’s F minor piano concerto with the Orchestre des Nations and conductor Antoine Marguier and later this year he will open the 2019-20 season with the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest, under Christian Reif.
Prize winner of the “George Enescu” International Competition in Bucharest and of the “Maria Canals” Piano Competition in Barcelona, Mr. Varga is also a recipient of the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant in New York and the Virtuoso Prize at the Vendome Prize Piano Competition (where Elisabeth Leonskaya personally gave him a special award). In 2002, at the invitation of Gian Carlo Menotti, he made his debut at the Spoleto Festival Italy. He has appeared as a soloist and recitalist in many of the world’s leading concert halls, among them Carnegie Hall (New York), Konzerthaus (Berlin), the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and Palau de la Música (Barcelona). He has performed frequently alongside soprano Mariana Nicolesco, conductors Otto-Werner Mueller and Elio Boncompagni, and recently appeared as solo pianist with ballet stars Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg and Friedemann Vogel at New York City Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Mr. Varga holds degrees from the Romanian National University of Music where he studied with Ana Pitis, Ioana Minei and Sandu Sandrin, as well as the Mannes School of Music where he studied with Pavlina Dokovska and received guidance from Richard Goode and Murray Perahia among others. He is Project Manager and Artistic Advisor of the Vendome Prize Piano Competition at the Verbier Festival. He lives in New York City.