Barnabás Kélčmen N
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, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Irish Chamber, London Philharmonic, Münchner Symphoniker, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Netherlands Radio, Philharmonia Auckland 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, Masaaki Suzuki, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Krzysztof Urbánski and Ryan Wigglesworth.
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.
Barnabás Kelemen’s varied recordings have received various prizes such as Diapason d’Or, Grand Prix du Disque, German Record Critics’ Award 2011. Most recently the recital CD with Bartók Sonatas with Zoltán Kocsis and Solo Sonata received a Gramophone Award in 2013.
Born in Budapest in 1978, Barnabás Kelemen studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. He was a Prize Winner of the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and received the First Prize at the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis in 2002. He is a professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.
He performs on a Guarneri del Gesú violin of 1742 (ex-Dénes Kovács), generously loaned by the State of Hungary.