CAFe Budapest | Tamás Varga Plays the Cello

CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival 2018
Concert Hall

Gergely Vajda: Captain Hume’s Last Pavin – world premiere
Aaron Jay Kernis:
Blues for Mr. Z – world premiere
László Vidovszky:
Two Paraphrases – world premiere
Akira Nishimura: A Song of Kalavinka – world premiere
Zoltán Kodály: Solo Sonata, Op. 8

  • Tamás Varga – cello

Tamás Varga, solo cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, has been living in Austria for more than two decades. The programme of his Budapest solo concert, however, proves he has maintained his connections with Hungarian music and contemporary Hungarian composers. It is centred around a key work of the 20th-century literature of the cello, Zoltán Kodály’s Solo Sonata.

One distinctive feature of the work, which was written in 1915, and was premiered a hundred years ago, in 1918, is that the two lowest strings are to be tuned lower than customary. The four new works written for Tamás Varga, all of which will be performed for the first time, require the same tuning.

Additionally, Gergely Vajda’s new piece evokes not only Kodály, but the figure of Tobias Hume, as well, who was a 17th-century composer, viol player, and soldier.

Tickets are available for 2000 HUF on the spot,
online at, and at InterTicket Jegypont partners across Hungary.

An event jointly organized with CAFe Budapest.

2018 October 08 Monday