Bartók World Competition

Barnabás Kelemen (H)

The Liszt Ferenc, Junior Prima, Prima and Kossuth Prize laureate violinist needs little introduction to a domestic audience. His name exploded onto the music scene with astonishing rapidity when in 2001 he achieved remarkable results at two of the most prestigious international violin competitions, in Brussels and Indianapolis, in the latter winning not only first prize but six special prizes. In 2009, he founded his string quartet, Kelemen Quartet, since when they have gone on to take top honours in venues from Melbourne to Beijing. He is not only involved in numerous recordings and world tours but is also currently a professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. Barnabás Kelemen plays on an ex-Dénes Kovács Guarneri del Gesù (1742) on loan from the Hungarian State.