Violinist and chamber musician Zoltan Takacs (born in Budapest in 1959) has played in renowned orchestras for over 36 years as Concert Master and Principal First Violin, including Principal Viola for 4 years in the Budapest Symphony Orchestra as well as Solo Violist of Concentus Hungaricus, the Hungarian Broadcasting Company Chamber Orchestra. For the last 26 years Zoltan has lived in Helsinki, Finland. During this time he has been Concert Master of the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Guest Concert Master of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / South - Australia and Orquesta Santa Cecilia / Madrid, Principal First Violin in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His musical interests extend beyond the classical genre, including folk, pop, and jazz. He has for instance participated in "Absence", a 2004 jazz recording, with Laszlo Süle (piano), Pentti Lahti (saxophone) and the Scarbantia String Quartet. The CD was a strong contender in the contest for Jazz record of the Year in Finland. Zoltan has also performed in orchestra and chamber music concerts and solo recitals in Europe, USA, Venezuela, Peru, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
Zoltan graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 1983 and has studied with Maria Vermes and Janos Pallagi (of the Hubay school), Vilmos Tatrai (a student of Carl Flesch) and Semyon Issaewits Snytkowski (a student of David Oistrakh). He has collaborated with - and been deeply influenced by Brenton Langbein, Concert Master of the Basel Chamber Orchestra. He has attended courses by Ruggiero Ricci and Andre Gertler. In terms of musical and instrumental development a significant connection has been Christopher Warren-Green, concert master of the Philharmonia Orchestra, London.
Zoltan has studied conducting with Professor Atso Almila (Sibelius Academy, Finland) and Professor Janos Furst (Conservatoire de Paris). As a member of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra he was awarded the Bartok prize in 1988.