Matei Varga


“the greatest young Romanian pianist” before the public today, and the true heir of an incomparable pianistic tradition that includes Dinu Lipatti and Clara Haskil”

(Enescu Festival News, 2013)

Selected Discography

  • MATEI VARGA PRESENTS

    THE YEAR THAT NEVER WAS

    • THE YEAR THAT NEVER WAS - Matei Varga

    • "Throughout one hour of music that straddles the salon with the “seriously” traditional, the extraordinary Matei Varga is welcomed back, playing idiomatically as to the manner born with a cool brain and a warm heart, letting the music of Lecuona and his predecessors resonate eloquently in a treasurable collection of music for the piano, assembled after months of isolation imposed on the artist and on all of us by unfortunate circumstances."
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Reviews

  • "... the Revolutionary Etude offered three minutes of intense drama. Beethoven’s immortal Für Elise, finely nuanced, was a surprising encore squeezed in between Gershwin and Lecuona... [Andrei] Tudor’s funny Rondo alla Crazy [will become] a future encore classic!"
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    Göran Forsling, MUSICWEB-INTERNATIONAL


  • "Varga taps into the expressive sound world of Janacek's In the Mists, employing ample rubato and generally measured tempos. Indeed he transforms the Andantino into a moody tone poem... The pianist closes with the Adagio from the Bach D Minor concerto after Marcello. The gentle inward reading realizes Varga's soothing, calming intention... [A] a beautifully executed and engineered achievement, that does this talented young pianist proud."
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    Jed Distler, GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE


  • “Varga's poignant homage to composers who died far too young includes delightful world premieres by Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti."

    BBC MUSIC


  • "The performances are exquisite... they show a fine sense of shaping a lyrical melodic line with perfect tonal control"

    Rob Haskins, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE


  • “Make no mistake, this artist is not yet another dazzling firebrand eagerly ready for his next interview and photo-op combo, but a deeply serious musician well in the midst of a major career."
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    Rafael de Acha, RAFAEL'S MUSIC NOTES