Kelemen Quartet

The Kelemen Quartet, founded in Budapest in 2010, has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting young string quartets. It is the first prize winner of the prestigious Premio Borciani 2014 and was described by Ensemble magazine in 2011 at the previous edition of the competition in Reggio Emilia that the Kelemen Quartet "… lit a firework of emotions, wrestling with the emotion in the music" and praised it 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 stringquartet 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, Wigmore Hall London, at Nardodni Dom Maribor, in Munich, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, in Sydney, and for the festivals in Lockenhaus, Lohisoitto, Kaposvár and for West Cork Music Festival as well as tours to India and Mexico. In the 2013-14 season highlights include debuts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at 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. In the autumn 2015 they will appear at the Carnegie Hall in New York and in Tokyo. The Kelemen Quartet has performed with sting musicians such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Joshua Bell, Pekka Kuusisto, Joseph Lendvay, Maxim Rysanov, Ákos Takács as well as with pianists Zoltán Kocsis and Ferenc Rados.

All four of the Kelemen Quartet's members are prizewinning musicians, admired as soloists and as chamber players, and are 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. 2014/2015

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