The Quartet

Barnabás Kelemen (violin / viola)

Gábor Homoki (violin / viola)

Katalin Kokas (violin / viola)

Dóra Kokas (cello)


The Kelemen Quartet, founded in Budapest in 2010, has already gained a reputation as one of the most exciting young string quartets. At the Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia 2011, Ensemble magazine described that the players “… lit a firework of emotions, wrestling with the emotion in the music”, and praised the Kelemen Quartet as “… perhaps one of the greatest discoveries of this competition”. The Kelemen Quartet’s international acclaim was further enhanced in July 2011 when they received three prizes at the 6th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition: the overall second prize, the audience prize and the Musica Viva Grand Prize, which resulted in an Australian tour in spring 2014. The Kelemen Quartet also received the first prize ex aequo at the Beijing International Music Competition in 2011 and at the International Sándor Végh String Quartet Competition in Budapest in 2012. It has performed in Hungary, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Croatia, North America and Australia, and collaborated with musicians such as Joshua Bell, Pekka Kuusisto, Joseph Lendvay, Maxim Rysanov, Nicolas Altstaedt and pianists Zoltán Kocsis and Ferenc Rados. 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 musicmaking”. Recent highlights include debuts at the Philharmonie Berlin, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, Palace of Arts in Budapest, Schloß Esterhazy in Eisenstadt, Bruneck, Dallas and at the Lockenhaus, Lohisoitto, Kaposvar and Kauinainen Festivals and a tour to Mexico.

In the 2013-14 season highlights include debuts at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Wigmore Hall, Amici della Musica in Florence, in Munich, at the Franz Liszt Academy Budapest, at Nardodni Dom Maribor, inMumbai, Pune, Dehli, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth (Australia), Wellington, Auckland, Eindhoven and further ahead at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the Bozar in Brussels and at the Carnegie Hall, New York.

All four of the Kelemen Quartet’s members are prizewinning Hungarian musicians, admired as soloists and as chamber players, and close-knit both professionally and personally.

The Kelemen 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.

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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 amongst others with the American Symphony, BBC Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Budapest Festival, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Helsinki Philharmonic, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Irish Chamber, Kioi Sinfonietta, Lahti Symphony, London Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Netherlands Radio, Norwegian Chamber, Orchestra della Toscana, Pannon Philharmonic, Philharmonia Auckland, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Trondheim Symphony and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony orchestras.

Barnabás Kelemen works with renowned conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Olari Elts, Peter Eötvös, Ivan Fischer, Sascha Goetzel, Pietari Inkinen, Vladimir Jurowski, Tonu Kajuste, Zoltán Kocsis, Hannu Lintu, Sir Neville Marriner, Michael Sanderling, Leif Segerstam, Dmitri Solbodeniouk, Masaaki Suzuki, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Krzstysztof Urbánski. He was the Artist in Residence in the 2010-11 season at Musis Sacrum in Arnhem. As soloist and conductor he appeared with Budapest Festival Chamber Orchestra, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Indianapolis Symphony, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.

In recital Kelemen has performed with Zoltán Kocsis and Shai Wosner with whom he played recitals at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bozar in Brussels and Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2010 he founded the Kelemen Quartet, which received a silver medal, audience prize and the Musica Viva Grand Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011.Kelemen Quartett gives its debuts in Florence, Munich, tour in China, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Highlights in the 2013/14 season include appearances as a soloist with Pannon Philharmonic and Tibor Boganyi, Bach Collegium München and Florian Sonnleitner, Sinfonieorchester Innsbruck, London Philharmonic and Michal Dworzynski, Franz Liszt Chamber, Hallé Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungarian State Opera) and Hungarian National Philharmonic with Zóltan Kocsis. The Kelemen Quartet will give his debuts at the Wigmore Hall, Florence, Munich, Maribor, Eindhoven and within tours to India, Australia and New Zealand. He will also appear in chamber music performances with Alexander Longquich, Nicolas Altstaedt and Katalin Kokas in Salzburg, Utrecht and Vienna.

Barnabás Kelemen’s varied discography has been received to critical acclaim, with 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 was awarded 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 released by the Label Hungaroton winning the German Record Critics’ Award 2011 in the concerto category. Among his more recent recordings are also 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 . A recital CD released by the Label Hungaroton with both Bartók Violin Sonatas with Zoltán Kocsis and Bartók’s Solo Sonata, received a Gramophone Award in the Chamber Music category 2013.

Born in Budapest in 1978, Barnabás Kelemen entered the Franz Liszt Music Academy at the age of eleven and later went on to become Third Prize Winner of the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and took 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 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 (www.kaposfest.hu), 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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Dóra Kokas

cello

Dóra Kokas was born in 1992 and has already established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation, performing regularly as a recitalist, chamber musician as well as a soloist.

Dóra 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 re-invited 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 Dóra’s future engagements include debut concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic and at the London Wigmore Hall but also a tour in Australia in 2014.

Starting to learn the cello at the an early age of four in her hometown Kaposvár from her mother, the noted teacher Ágnes Farkas, Dóra was able to attend many of the world’s most famous artist masterclasses and private tuition: János Starker, Steven Isserlis, Wolfgang Boettcher, Alexander Boyarski, Guido Schiefen, Josef Podhoranczky, Vladimir Perlin, Jonathan Cohen, Susan Moses, Miklós Perényi, László Mező, Csaba Onczay, Ferenc Rados and others.

Dóra started participating in cello competitions at the early age of seven, and has been awarded top Prizes ever since. First Prizes include: Várpalota – Hungary 2003 & 2006, Gorizia – Italy 2005, Porec – Croatia 2004, Zagreb – Croatia 2000, and the National Cello Competition in Szolnok 2002, where she was also awarded the Special Prize in 1999 as the youngest contestant. Dóra received the second Prize at the Liezen International Cello Contest – Austria 2004, and the Bronze Medal in Dolny Kubin – Slovak Republic in 2006.

Dóra has performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto at the Young Talents International Music Festival’s Gala Concert in Kaunas – Lithuania in April 2006 with the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. She had played at some of Europe’s famous concert halls such as the Mozarteum of Salzburg, the Teatro Malibran of Venice, including recitals in Verona, Ljubljana, Klagenfurt, Brussels, Budapest, Pécs, Kaposvár. At the early age of nine years, Dóra played a recital at the Prussia Cove International Music Seminar in England with Péter Nagy on the piano. She has been invited to many of Hungary’s Symphony Orchestras to perform the Brahms Double Concerto together with the violinist Katalin Kokas, her sister, as well as to the Szeged Philharmonic to play the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto in 2008. She played a national tour with the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in 2009. In 2010 she participated at the Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival with musicians such as Joshua Bell, Ferenc Rados, Joseph Lendvay, Pekka Kuusisto, Nicholas Altstaedt, Maxim Rysanov, José Gallardo and Peter Frankl, Jonathan Cohen and many others. Dóra has also been asked to perform Miklós Rózsa’s Sinfonia Concertante in Pécs, the European Cultural Capital, in 2010.

Dóra was invited to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and to the Haydn Festival in Eszterháza to play chamber music with Barnabás Kelemen and Katalin Kokas, performing the C Major Concerto by Haydn amongst others with the Ferenc Erkel Chamber Orchestra.

She likewise performed with the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra and the MÁV Chamber-Symphony Budapest, conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy. In 2010 Dóra played Haydn’s G-Major Trio with Zoltán Kocsis and Barnabás Kelemen.

In 2006 and 2007 Dóra Kokas studied at the Summer String Academy in Bloomington - Indiana with Susan Moses, and won the Academy’s ”Haydn-String Quartet Competition” together with her quartet. Dóra also studied with Márta Agócs at the Kecskemét, subsequently at the Budapest Saint Stephen Conservatoire from 2003. From 2006 onwards she attended the Special Class for Extraordinary Talents at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest under the direction of László Mező, and from 2009-2011 at the Vienna University of Music under the direction of Reinhard Latzko. Dóra recently studies at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy under the direction of Miklós Perényi.

Dóra is performing on 1863 cello built by Joseph Homolka in Kuttenberg, with a bow made by P. Serdet – Paris, kindly on loan from Pierre Stonborough – Vienna, since 2005.

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Gábor Homoki

violin / viola

Gábor Homoki was born in 1989 in Budapest, Hungary.

As a violinist and violist, Gábor Homoki 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 re-invited 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 his quartet Gábor’s future engagements include debut concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic and at the London Wigmore Hall but also a tour in Australia in 2014.

Together with Miuyi Kaneko (piano) and Bence László (cello) Gábor Homoki won the Grand Prize of the National Chamber Music Festival in Székesféhervár in Hungary in 2000. Besides winning the Special Prize of the International Violin Competition of Alsókubin in the Slovak Republic in 2001 he has also been awarded the Special Prize at the National János Koncz Violin Competition in Hungary.

As the youngest amongst all competitors Gábor Homoki won the Special Prize of the Alíz Bárdos Violin Competition in Hungary in 2003. In 2005 and 2007 he won the first Prizes at the Ferenc Halász Violin Competition and at the Alíz Bárdos Violin Competition.

Since 2010 he has collaborated with noted musicians such as Alina Ibragimova, Jonathan Cohen, Mikhail Ovrutsky, Márta Ábrahám, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Andrea Vigh, Knut Erik Sundquist, Maxim Rysanov, László Fenyő, Nicolas Altstaedt, Barnabás Kelemen, Ditta Rohmann and István Várdai, performing at festivals such as the International Chamber Music Festival in Kaposvár, Le Festival du Violon de la Paix, France, or the Hungarian Radio’s Marble Hall Series. In August 2011 he has been invited to play at the Delft International Chamber Music Festival in The Netherlands with musicians such as Liza Fertschman and Alexander Rudin.

Gábor started his violin studies with Mrs. Sándor Kemény in Vác. In 2002 he entered the preliminary class at the Béla Bartók Music College and studied with Professor László Dénes. Since 2008 Gábor Homoki studies at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in the class of Katalin Kokas and Barnabás Kelemen.

Gábor Homoki playes on a 1771 violin by Januarius Gagliano and on a 1863 viola by Luigi Fabris.

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Concerts


 

2013


15 - 16. Dec.
Budapest Music Centre

 

2014


INDIAN TOUR / 15 - 25. Jan.

15. Jan.
India / Mumbai / Experimental theatre NCPA / 7 pm
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59 No.1 in F major Razumovsky
Weiner: Divertimento Op. 20
Interval
Brahms: String Quartet in Op. 51. No. 1


16. Jan.
India / Mumbai / Experimental theatre NCPA / 7 pm
Mozart: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" Bartok: Quartet No. 2
Interval
Schubert: "Der Tod und das Mädchen"/ The Death and the Maiden


17. Jan.
India / Pune / Mazda Hall / 7 pm
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59 No.1 in F major Razumovsky
Weiner: Divertimento Op. 20
Interval
Brahms: String Quartet in Op. 51. No. 1


19. Jan.
India / Pune / Mazda Hall / 7 pm
Mozart: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
Bartok: Quartet No. 2
Interval
Schubert: "Der Tod und das Mädchen"/ The Death and the Maiden


21. Jan.
India / Delhi / India International Centre (IIC) / 6.30 pm
Mozart: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
Weiner: Divertimento
Schubert: "Der Tod und das Mädchen"/ The Death and the Maiden


25. Jan.
India / Dona Paula (Goa) / National Institute of Oceanography Auditorium / Time TBC
Mozart: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
Schubert: "Der Tod und das Mädchen"/ The Death and the Maiden



AUSTRALIAN TOUR / 15. Feb – 6. Mar.

17. Feb.
Australia / Perth / Perth Concert Hall / 7.30 pm
"program 1"

20. Feb.
Australia / Newcastle / Newcastle Conservatorium / 7.30 pm
"program 2"

22. Feb.
Australia / Sydney / City Recital Hall, Angel Place / 2 pm
"program 1"

24. Feb.
Australia / Sydney / City Recital Hall, Angel Place / 7 pm
"program 2"

25. Feb.
Australia / Melbourne / Melbourne Recital Centre / 7 pm
"program 1"

27. Feb.
Australia / Brisbane / Conservatorium Theatre Brisbane / 7 pm
"program 1"

01. Mar.
Australia / Melbourne / Melbourne Recital Centre / 8 pm
"program 2"

03. Mar.
Australia / Adelaide / Adelaide Town Hall / 7.30 pm
"program 2"

05. Mar.
Australia / Canberra / Llewellyn Hall, Canberra School of Music / 7 pm
"program 2"

PROGRAM 1
Haydn: String Quartet in C major, op 20 no 2
Bartók: String Quartet no 4, Sz91
Interval
Edwards: String Quartet no 3 'Summer Dances' World premiere performances
Beethoven: String Quartet no 9 in C major, op 59 no 3, 'Razumovsky'

PROGRAM 2
Edwards: String Quartet no 3 ‘Summer Dances’ World premiere performances
Bartók: String Quartet no 5, Sz102
Interval
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no 3 in E flat minor, op 30


NEW ZELAND TOUR / 9 - 22. March

9. Mar.
New Zeland / Dunedin / Dunedin Town Hall - Glenroy Auditorium / 5.00 pm
"program 2"

10. Mar.
New Zeland / Invercargill / Civic Theatre / 7.30 pm
"program 1"

12. Mar.
New Zeland / Nelson / Nelson School of Music / 7.30 pm
"program 2"

14. Mar.
New Zeland / Wellington / Michael Fowler Centre / 7.30 pm
"program 2"

15. Mar.
New Zeland / Palmerston North / Regent on Broadway / 7.30 pm
"program 1"

16. Mar.
New Zeland / Napier / MTG Theatre / 5.00 pm
"program 2"

18. Mar.
New Zeland / Hamilton / Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts / 7.30 pm
"program 2"

19. Mar.
New Zeland / Auckland / Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall / 8.00 pm
"program 1"

21. Mar.
New Zeland / New Plymouth / Theatre Royal / 7.30 pm
"program 1"

22. Mar.
New Zeland / Christchurch / Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College / 7.30 pm
"program 1"

PROGRAM 1
Kurtág: Six Moments Musicaux
Mozart: String Quartet in C Major K465, 'Dissonance'
Bartók: String Quartet No 5

PROGRAM 2
Ligeti: String Quartet No 1, 'Métamorphoses nocturnes'
Mozart: String Quartet in C K465, 'Dissonance'
Haydn: String Quartet Op 20 No 2
Bartók: String Quartet No 4


 


   

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