Gábor Eckhardt started his music studies at the famous Zoltán Kodály Elementary Music School. He graduated at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in 1975. He gained admisssion to the second year at the piano faculty of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. His professors were Sándor Falvai and György Kurtág. As a postgraduate student of the famous professor, Dmitri Bashkirov he gained scholarship at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow from 1980-1982. He won the first prize at the Ernst von Dohnányi Piano Competition in 1980.
He has an established reputation giving concerts in Hungary and abroad frequently. He obtained the Liszt State Award in 1996. As a dedicated interpreter of Hungarian contemporary music he received the Artisjus-prize several times and in 2012 the Ouevre-prize.
He was a founding member of the Intermodulation Chamber Ensemble. With András Horn (clarinet) and György Déri (cello) he formed the Trio d’Echo. Between 2003-2009 he was a member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, one of the world leading orchestras.
He is currently professor for piano at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. He is a well-known, popular, efficient professor. Numerous competition-awards are won by his students in all age-groups among international and national ranks. He has been giving masterclasses, workshops on different levels in Europe and Asia as well. As a member or chair of the jury he participated in several competitions in Hungary and abroad (Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Serbia, Japan, China, Vietnam etc.) as well.
He was the editor of the second volume of “Transcriptions” by the famous virtuoso, Georges Cziffra.