Robert Nagy

a cellist on four strings

Principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, is also as soloist, chamber-musician and teacher


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The philharmonic – the path from Makó to Vienna

In 1992 a dream of Robert Nagy´s childhood came true: he became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, a privilege to every musician, which was further heigtened by his appointment as principal cellist. It was a long and exciting path leading from Makó to Vienna, a city being regarded as a centre of music.

First impressions

At the age of 7 Robert Nagy received his first cello lessons. At age 13 his rapidly developing talent was recognized by being excepted to the National Acasdemy in Budapest where his teacher were Csaba Onczay and Miklós Perényi. Besides his studies and first prizes at international competitions it was of decisive importance for his later career, that - in his capacity of principal cellist of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra - he had the priviledge of working with Claudio Abbado. Since that time being a member of an orchestra has been an important part of his life.

Further stages

After graduating in Budapest and finishing his studies at the University of Music in Vienna he received further impulses as orchestral musician during his time as principal cellist of the "Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler-Orchester". The two years spent there (1990-1992) formed the ultimate basis of his orchestral career. In 1992 he approached more closely his aim, when he became member of the orchestra of the State Opera of Vienna.

Achieved his object

As a member of the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, also known as Vienna Philharmonic, Robert Nagy performed about 1000 concerts conducted by the leading conductors of the world of music in all important concert halls of the world. 13 years of intense work with the orchestra were rewarded with the position of principal cellist in 2005.