Gilbert Varga started to work as a violin soloist together with Hof Symphony in the late 1960s. This was the beginning of a relation which is still lasting today. When starting his conducting career, his first position was Music Director in Hof from 1980 until 1985. Out of this faithful and long lasting connection, a cooperation emerged. In 2017 Gilbert Varga is again chairman of the jury and artistic adviser of the International Violin Competition Henri Marteau.

Gilbert Varga studied under three very different and distinctive maestros: Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Charles Bruck. As son of the famous violinist Tibor Varga Gilbert Varga was influenced artistically by his father. Already at a young age he gathered experience in the management of international violin competitions. Between 2001 and 2012 Gilbert Varga conducted the final rounds of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and is an internationally esteemed authority on instrumental competitions.