Tamás Varga is Principal Cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) as well as the Vienna State Opera. He is regular soloist with the VPO, and at the same time Mr. Varga is also an enthusiastic chamber musician. As a member of the Ensemble Wiener Collage, the Breughel Ensemble and the Wiener Kammerensemble he is present in Japan, the USA and many European venues.
An avid teacher, Mr. Varga has given master classes all over the world. He served as a tutor for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, for the New World Symphony as well as for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and was teaching at the International Orchestra Institute in Attergau, Austria for several years.
Arnold Schoenberg's 1933 Concerto in D minor for Cello and Orchestra, composed ten years after his first serial work, draws on Georg Matthias Monn's 1746 Concerto for Harpsichord. Few could identify Schoenberg as composer of this tonal work, with sophisticated orchestration and twinkling pitched percussion the only clues.
Calling the solo "a suicide mission," Tilson Thomas recruited Tamás Varga, principal cellist of both the Vienna Philharmonic and Staatsoper. In the insanely difficult Allegro moderato, Varga flew through the thick chords, huge register leaps, and ridiculous highs. Although initially overpowering, the orchestra extended Varga's gestures with delicate, kaleidoscopic accompaniment.
The aria-like melody and continuo bass-line of the Andante alla marcia showcased Varga's sweeter side. Muscular double stops announced the dancing Tempo di minuetto, with Varga's subtle ornamentation adding an effortless quality to stratospheric passagework. Notable was Varga's accompaniment to concertmaster Vivek Jayaraman's brief, poignant solo, before the fast, furious close."