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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 the world's most renowned orchestras and conductors. He has performed with Zoltán Kocsis at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bozar in Brussels and Carnegie Hall in New York and regularly plays chamber music with Alexander Lonquich and Nicolas Altstaedt. In 2010 he founded the Kelemen Quartet, which won the first prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani in 2014. Barnabás Kelemen’s varied discography has been received to critical acclaim.
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. Since 2005 he has been a professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest and since 2014 a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, he is also 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.