Kristóf Baráti (born 1979) is a Hungarian violinist, and is widely regarded as one of the most talented violinists to emerge in recent years. He began his violin studies at the age of five and already from the age of eight he made his first solo performances with the leading Venezuelan orchestras. At the age of eleven he was invited to Montpellier to give a recital at the prestigious Festival de Radio France. His studies continued in Budapest with Miklós Szenthelyi and Vilmos Tátrai at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. During this period he won first prize at the Lipizer Competition in Italy and second prize in the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris. In 1997 his career takes a new turn after winning third prize and the audience prize of the highly prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, being the youngest finalist. After this success he redefines his violin technique with Eduard Wulfson, whose knowledge was influenced by great violinists of the 20th century such as Nathan Milstein, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng. In 2010 Baráti won the highly praised Paganini Competition in Moscow, considered as the „Oscar Prize” of violinists.
Kristóf Baráti performs in important concert halls around the world with major orchestras (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Budapest Festival Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra, NHK Orchestra Tokyo, WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, etc.) and conductors (Kurt Masur, Marek Janowski, Charles Dutoit, Jiri Belohlavek, Yuri Bashmet, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Zoltán Kocsis, Mikhail Pletnov, Gilbert Varga, Iván Fischer, Yuri Temirkanov, Eiji Oue, Pinchas Steinberg, etc.). His chamber music partners include Richard Goode, Enrico Pace, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Misha Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Klára Würtz, Miklós Perényi, Dénes Várjon, Zoltán Kocsis, Ning Feng, Kim Kashkashian, to mention just a few.
Kristóf Baráti has got numerous awards, including the Kossuth Prize, the most prestigious award of his native Hungary in the domain of culture. He plays the 1703 "Lady Harmsworth" made by Antonio Stradivarius, kindly offered by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.
"Kristóf Baráti is the most talented violinist of his and many generations.
He is a true soloist!"
“A talent like him comes along once in a decade, perhaps once in a generation”
The Hungarian cellist László Fenyö (born in 1975) has belonged to the world elite of cellists since he won the 2004 International Pablo Casals Contest in Kronberg, Germany. He is hailed by both audiences and critics as one of today’s most exciting artists, possessing the unique capability of presenting the intentions of the composer but also allowing the music to speak at the forefront, thereby capturing and fascinating his audiences. Through his breathtaking technical skills and emotive expressiveness, his concerts become special experiences, where the music can be newly explored with every performance.
In the last few years László Fenyö has performed on the most important stages throughout the world. Including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, London or the Gasteig in Munich. He has been soloist with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr- Sinfonie Orchester), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. He has performed many times with conductor Krzysztof Penderecki.
In Hungary, his home country, László Fenyö has long been one of the most sought after soloists; his performances – solo recitals, chamber music events and concerts with orchestras, are broadcast live and recorded by the Hungarian Radio. He has played with most Hungarian orchestras and conductors. In addition, in 2005 he received the highly coveted Franz Liszt Prize awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, as well as the Junior Prima Prize in 2008.
László Fenyö gives master courses all over the world, since October 2009 he is a lecturer at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Frankfurt and since 2012 he teaches as a professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. László Fenyö has been principal cellist of the Philharmonia Hungarica 1997-2001 and of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony 2001-2012.
László Fenyö plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller from 1695.
“László Fenyö ist ein Phänomen”