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Judit Varga – short bio (last updated 02. 04. 2019)

Hungarian born Judit Varga lives in Vienna where she works as a pianist and composer. Besides concert music, she is interested in setting short features, theatre performances to music as well as writing for multimedia events and festivals.

Her compositions have been played in such prestigious festivals and concert halls as Wien Modern, the Hungarian State Opera House, Cité de la musique Paris, Juilliard School of Music in New York, Budapest Autumn Festival, Mini Festival, Konzerthaus and Musikverein Wien, Muffathalle München, Warsaw Autumn.

Judit Varga works with world leader ensembles and orchestras and regularly gives concerts worldwide as a solo pianist or chamber musician. In her wide piano repertoire, besides the most important works of classical music literature, also new, contemporary and twentieth century pieces can be found.

Judit Varga is the first prize winner of many prestigious, international piano and composition competitions.

As a reward for her outstanding artistic performance, in 2011 and 2014 she received the Creative Award of the Austrian Education and Training Ministry, and in 2012 she was awarded by the City of Vienna.

She won the Kodály Zoltán music and composing scholarship of the Ministry of Education and Culture three times (2002, 2003 and 2006) as well as the Tokyo Foundation scholarship twice (2001 and 2004). In 2017 Judit Varga was awarded with Béla Bartók – Ditta Pásztory Prize for her work contribution for Hungarian contemporary music and cultural life of Hungary. In 2018 Judit Varga was awarded with Ferenc Erkel Prize by the Hungarian Government.

Her name brands such works as the design of the Prima Primissima Prize’s musical image, and she is the music composer of more than 30 theatre performances and films.

In 2016, on the 60th anniversary of the 1956 revolution, the Hungarian State Opera commissioned and premiered her opera: Love (Szerelem) in Budapest with great success. The piece was the winner for adaptation of the film with the identical title: Szerelem by Tibor Déry- Károly Makk- Péter Bacsó.

In 2013 and 2014 she was the nominee of the Austrian Academy of Films in the category of “Best Soundtrack”. In 2014 she won the prize for the film music of Deine Schönheit ist nichts Wert.

Since 2013, Judit has been an appointed lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Also, since 2013, she has been teaching composition, film and media art at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.


  • 2019: TONALi prize
  • 2018: Istvánffy Benedek Award
  • 2018 Erkel Ferenc Award
  • 2017 Béla Bartók – Ditta Pásztory Award
  • 2017 Tribune Internationale des Compositeurs (…alles Fleisch…)
  • 2014 Austrian Film Academy – Best score (Your Beauty is Worth Nothing)
  • 2013 Austrian Film Academy – Best score – Nominée (A Horse on the Balcony)
  • 2012 Golden Orange (International Antalya Film Festival) Best score – Nominée (Your Beauty is Worth Nothing)
  • 2009 Theodor-Körner-Award
  • 2010 Tribune Internationale des Compositeurs (Le Temps retrouvé)

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