The daughter of concert violinists Ruben Varga and Norma Jones Varga, Rachel began her musical studies at the age of three with her parents. She first performed in public at the age of four. At the age of eight she made her recital debut at Central Synagogue in New York in a joint recital with her father. At the age of ten, Miss Varga made her concerto debut with the North Jersey Symphony Orchestra playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. She quickly followed this with performances of Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen”, Saint-Saens’ “Havanaise” and “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” and the Paganini First Violin Concerto.
Miss Varga was a winner of the 1987 Artists International Competition, and made her recital debut the following season at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Since then, she has become one of the top competition prize winners from her country, receiving awards from many competitions including the Palm Beach International Invitational Competition, the Vianna da Motta International Competition, The Szigeti International Competition in Hungary, and the Washington International Competition.
Miss Varga has played concerts and recitals in the United States, Europe, Japan, the Caribbean, and Latin America; with such orchestras as the Zagreb Symphony, La Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, The Budapest Radio Symphony, La Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, La Orquesta Sinfonica Del Estado De Mexico , La Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota, and La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica. Her repertoire currently includes about thirty concertos and several complete recital programs. Her expressive performances and beautiful tone have inspired comparisons to such artists as Jascha Heifetz and Mischa Elman.
Rachel Varga holds the degree of Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Always interested in teaching and developing young talent, Miss Varga has taught several international master classes. She is a recipient of two superior teaching awards from Queens College in New York.