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Vienna Philharmonic cellist takes esoteric Ligeti to heart of Midwest

Who said contemporary music is dead between America’s two coastlines?

This is Tamas Varga, principal cellist of the Vienna Phil, and one of the pieces he will be playing at the Wisconsi Conservatory of Music in two recitals this week.

He’s also playing sonatas by Hans Gal and Jacques Ibert. How does a Vienna principal get to the Midwest? Through a Budapest connection. Read on here.


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  1. So, who actually did say contemporary music was dead between America’s two coastlines?

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