The Quartet

Barnabás Kelemen (1st Violin)

Homoki Gábor (2nd Violin / Viola)

Katalin Kokas (2nd Violin / Viola)

László Fenyő (Cello)

The Kelemen Quartet, founded in Budapest in 2010, has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting young string quartets. The quartet is the first prize winner of the prestigious Premio Borciani 2014. It was described by the Ensemble magazine in 2011 that they “… lit a firework of emotions, wrestling with the emotion in the music” and praised as “… perhaps one of the greatest discoveries of this competition”. The Kelemen Quartet received the overall second prize, the audience prize and the Musica Viva Grand Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2011 and also received the first prize ex aequo at the Beijing International Music Competition in the same year and at the International Sándor Végh String Quartet Competition in Budapest in 2012. The Kelemen Quartet received further tuition from Zoltán Kocsis, Péter Komlós, Miklós Perényi, Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Ferenc Rados, András Schiff and Gábor Takács-Nagy.

On the Kelemen Quartet’s first US tour the Dallas News highlighted “the most electrifying string-quartet concert in recent memory” and praised the ensemble’s “highly inflected and vividly interactive music-making”. Recent highlights include debuts at the Philharmonie Berlin, Palace of Arts in Budapest, Franz Liszt Academy Budapest, Schloß Esterhazy Eisenstadt, Amici della Musica Florence, Wigmore Hall, Nardodni Dom Maribor, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, and at the festivals in Lockenhaus, Lohisoitto, Kaposvár and for West Cork Music Festival as well as tours to Australia and New Zealand, India and Mexico.

In the last season, the Kelemen Quartet gave debuts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Bozar in Brussels, in Geneva, in Hamburg with pianist Menahem Pressler, in Milan at the Società del Quartetto, in Turin, in Venice, at the Musikverein Vienna, and at the Settimane Musicali di Ascona and at the Ravenna Festival.

Highlights of the current 2015/2016 season include debuts at the Carnegie Hall in New York and Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie Cologne and at the Colmar Festival. Return invitation will take them to the Palace of Arts in Budapest, Florence, Indianapolis, Reggio Emilia, Venice and to the Wigmore Hall. In addition, the Kelemen Quartet will have an extended tour in Italy and later in Australia.

The Kelemen Quartet has performed with string musicians such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Joshua Bell, Pekka Kuusisto, Joseph Lendvay, Maxim Rysanov, Ákos Takács as well as with pianists Zoltán Kocsis, Menahem Pressler and Ferenc Rados.

All four of the Kelemen Quartet’s members are prizewinning musicians and admired as soloists and chamber players. The Quartet’s debut CD has been released by the label Hunnia (2012) featuring works by Bartók and Mozart.

Barnabas Kelemen performs on a Guarneri del Gesú violin from 1742 (ex-Dénes Kovács) and Katalin Kokas performs on a Testore violin from 1698 (Milan), both on generous loan from the State of Hungary. László Fenyö plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller from 1695.

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Barnabás Kelemen

violin / viola

An artist of ”innate musicality” with a technical execution that belongs ”only to the greatest” (The Guardian), Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen has captured the attention of the music world. With a repertoire that ranges from classical to contemporary music, Kelemen gave the Hungarian premieres of the Ligeti and Schnittke Violin Concertos as well as the Hungarian premiere and world premiere of violin works by Gubaidulina and Kurtág.

Barnabás Kelemen collaborates with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, Budapest Festival, Estonian National Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Irish Chamber, London Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, Münchner Symphoniker, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Netherlands Radio, Norwegian Chamber, Philharmonia Auckland, Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony. Barnabás Kelemen works with renowned conductors such as Olari Elts, Iván Fischer, Pietari Inkinen, Vladimir Jurowski, Tonu Kajuste, Zoltán Kocsis, Hannu Lintu, Michael Sanderling, Dmitri Slobodeniouk, Stefan Solyom, Masaaki Suzuki, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Krzysztof Urbánski and Ryan Wigglesworth. In play and lead engagements he appeared with the Budapest Festival Chamber Orchestra, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Indianapolis Symphony, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.

He has performed with Zoltán Kocsis at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bozar in Brussels and Carnegie Hall in New York and regularly plays chamber music with Alexander Lonquich and Nicolas Altstaedt. In 2010 he founded the Kelemen Quartet, which won the first prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani in 2014. The quartet also received a silver medal, audience prize and the Musica Viva Grand Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011.

Highlights in the 2015/16 season include appearances as a soloist with the Hungarian National Philharmonic with Olari Elts, RTE National Symphony Orchestra Dublin and Alexander Shelley, Staatsorchester Reinische Philharmonie Koblenz and Daniel Raiskin, BBC Symphony Orchestra London and Ryan Wigglesworth. The Kelemen Quartet he will make its debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie Cologne, and Carnegie Hall New York. Return invitations will bring the quartet to Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Budapest, Florence, Venice and to the Wigmore Hall London.

Barnabás Kelemen’s varied discography has been received to critical acclaim. His recording of Brahms’ Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Tamás Vásáry has won a Diapason d’Or, and that of Liszt’s complete works for Violin and Piano with Gergely Bogányi received the Grand Prix du Disque 2001 by the International Liszt Society. His recording of Bartók’s Rhapsodies and Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Hungarian National Philharmonic and Zoltán Kocsis won the German Record Critics’ Award 2011. Other recent recordings include a live DVD of the complete Mozart Violin Concertos and CDs of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Hungarian National Philharmonic and Zoltán Kocsis. A recital CD with Bartók Sonatas with Zoltán Kocsis and Solo Sonata received a Gramophone Award in 2013.

Born in Budapest in 1978, Barnabás Kelemen entered the Franz Liszt Music Academy at the age of eleven. He was the Third Prize Winner of the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and received the First Prize at the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis in 2002. In recognition of his achievements the Hungarian government awarded him the Sándor Végh Prize in 2001, the Franz Liszt Prize in 2003, Rózsavölgyi Prize in 2003 and most recently the Kossuth Prize in 2012. Since 2005 he has been a professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest and since 2014 a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. He is also a guest professor at Indiana University Bloomington.

He performs on a Guarneri del Gesú violin of 1742 (ex-Dénes Kovács), generously loaned by the State of Hungary.

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Katalin Kokas

violin / viola

Katalin Kokas is not only a violinist but playes in her string quartet the viola as well. She is a Professor of Violin at the Liszt Academy of Music - Budapest since 2004 and gives masterclasses regularly. Founder and artistic director of Hungary’s major chamber music festival Katalin is a mother of two children.

Katalin has founded the annual Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival in 2010 (, where she is the artistic director featuring amongst others Joshua Bell, Pekka Kuusisto, Zoltán Kocsis, Ivry Gitlis, Yevgeny Nesterenko and Ferenc Rados.

Katalin has been invited to perform at various music festivals by artists such as Gidon Kremer in Lockenhaus (Austria), Steven Isserlis in Prussia Cove (UK), Isabelle van Keulen in Delft (The Netherlands), Elena Bashkirova in Jerusalem, András Schiff in Ittingen (Switzerland), Dimitri Slobodeniuk in Korsholma (Finland) and also to the Festival of MIDEM Classical Awards.

As a violinist and violist, Katalin Kokas is a member of the Kelemen Quartet, one of Hungary’s leading ensembles. Apart from concerts in Melbourne, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Croatia, the quartet has been reinvited after its successful debut tour in the USA (New York, Greenwich, Dallas).

The Kelemen Quartet won the 2nd Prize, the Audience Prize and the ‘Musica Viva’ Special Prize at the 6th International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne 2011. They have collaborated with amongst others Joshua Bell, Joseph Lendvai, Pekka Kuusisto, Nicolas Altstaedt, Maxim Rysanov, José Gallardo and Péter Frankl. With her quartet Katalin’s future engagements include debut concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic and at the London Wigmore Hall but also a tour in Australia in 2014.

In addition to winning several competitions in Hungary, Katalin Kokas won the First Prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in 1999 and at the József Szigeti International Violin Competition in 2002.

Katalin Kokas graduated with honours from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest where she studied with Ferenc Halász, Dénes Kovács and Eszter Perényi, and also the worked with Lóránd Fenyves in Toronto at the age of only sixteen.

Katalin Kokas received Annie Fischer Scholarship three times, the Ferenc Halász Prize and the medal „For the City of Kaposvár”. Katalin Kokas was awarded for the Ferenc Liszt Prize from the Hungarian State and received the Junior Prima Prize in 2009.

Katalin released six CD-recordings with Hungaroton and BMC records. She performs on the 1697 Ex ‘Cecilia’ Stradivari violin, generously on loan from the Hungarian Golden Museum, and on a 1863 Luigi Fabris viola.

Katalin Kokas has got two children with Barnabás Kelemen.

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László Fenyő


László Fenyő

Homoki Gábor

violin / viola

Gábor Homoki



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