"showed admirable command of his instrument...his singing tone is a joy."
He, a semifinalist in the "Music Educator of 2018" competition, started playing the violin at the age of five and began concertizing at the age of seven, first in his native country, Hungary, and then in the US, Latin America, and Europe. His subsequent career has been remarkably varied, from appearing on national television in Venezuela and performing with Jose Antonio Abreu, creator of El Sistema; to giving the U.S. premiere of Bartók’s Violin Sonata 1903, after its first public release in 1968; to being chosen, with his quartet, to premiere works of several Latin American composers, at Indiana University’s Latin American Music Festival; to performing at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, and on WQXR (New York’s classical music station). Comfortable with alternative musical styles, he performed with Chick Corea, Isaac Hayes, and was part of the cast, performing as a Russian violinist, in the Broadway musical Strider.
As concertmaster and as soloist, he played with many orchestras, including the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Philharmonic Orchestra, the Garden State Symphony, and the Northeast Philharmonic Orchestra; he also served as concertmaster for the world premiere of the musical Rex by Richard Rogers.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Gardos was violinist of the Pro Arte Trio, in residence at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, and was founder and first violinist of the Amacorda Quartet, the resident ensemble at the International and New Jersey String Conferences for over 15 years. At Indiana University he created and led the IU Staring Quartet, recording Barber's Dover Beach. In 2010, he formed the Gardos-Fine Trio, with Burton Fine, viola, and Donna Gardos, cello.
Mr. Gardos has been conducting since the age of 18, with engagements in Hungary, Austria, Venezuela and the U.S. During his residency in Venezuela, he studied with Gonzalo Castellanos (protégé of Sergiu Celibidache) and was Music Director of the Ballet Arte Municipal and two youth orchestras: La Orquesta Estudiantil de la Universidad Central and La Orquesta de la Associacion Mozart.
In the US, he studied with Wolfgang Vacano at Indiana University, was Music Director of the Woodbury Symphony, and conducted the Plainfield Symphony, both in New Jersey. In New York, he conducted the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and the Kenneth Square Symphony. Mr. Gardos also directed several youth orchestras: the New Jersey All-State Orchestra, the Rhode Island All-State Orchestra, the Advanced Orchestra of the Maine State-Wide String Music Festival and the University of Delaware Chamber Orchestra as its founder.
In his long teaching career, Jorge Gardos has influenced many young violinists. He served as Teaching Associate at Indiana University; Assistant Professor at Rowan University; Artist-in-Residence at the University of Delaware; faculty member for advanced violin studies at Dalcroze School of Music in New York; Strings and Chamber Music faculty at the RI Philharmonic Music School and Artist-in-Residence at Community MusicWorks, an award-winning inner-city youth organization in Providence. At the latter, he both coached individual students and ensembles and introduced and taught solfège. Additionally, he has given chamber music workshops sponsored by the Rhode Island String Teachers Association; and, for the 2010-2011 season, he coached the strings of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra. In 2014 he conducted the Senior All-State Orchestra of Rhode Island. In 2015 he twice performed with the Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra, playing the Havanaise by Saint-Saens. Beginning of the yearr 2016, Mr. Gardos with Mr. Ruth (founder of Community MusicWorks) performed the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante twice. In 2016 performed Duo Recital with Mrs. Donna Gardos.
In 2009, he was the keynote speaker at the National Conference of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. The speech later appeared in the publication of the International Kodály Society. In 2015 he presented a lecture on Kodaly at the Eastern Region of National Association for Music Education. In 2017 he presented a lecture and a concert at Brown University.
A student of Zoltán Kodály, in solfège, Jorge Gardos studied violin with Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Dorothy DeLay, Tadeusz Wronski and Itzhak Perlman; and chamber music with János Starker, Menahem Pressler, William Primrose, and the Hungarian Quartet. He is a graduate of the Hungarian Music Academy in Violin Performance, with classes in teacher training; he holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University (in violin and conducting), where his studies were sponsored by a special Esso (Exxon) Foundation grant, by the endorsement of Leonard Rose and Gonzalo Castellanos (Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela). His Masters recital was chosen for radio performance. He has done post-graduate studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University and at New York University. Currently, he is Musical Advisor of Community String Project and a Juror at the Anthony Quinn Foundation.
Chopin Club - Director
Community Strings Project - Musical Advisor
Mr. Gardos is a member of the College Music Society, Chamber Music America, the National Association for Music Education, the American String Teachers Association, the American Federation of Musicians, and chosen for the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society.
“Gardos, musico de
– Gonzalo Castellanos, Music Director,
Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela