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Kristóf Baráti

Violin

  • Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti is being recognised increasingly across the globe as a musician of extraordinary quality with a vast expressive range and impeccable technique. In 2014, at the age of 35 and in recognition of his great artistry, Baráti was awarded Hungary’s highest cultural award, the Kossuth Prize, following in the footsteps of revered Hungarian artists such as András Schiff, György Ligeti and Iván Fischer. In recent seasons he has made several significant debuts outside of Hungary, including at the Verbier Festival where he performed the complete Sonatas and Partitas of Bach, and with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic and the Zurich Tonhalle, after which Bachtrack described him as “a true tonal aesthete of the highest order”.

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  • Highlights of Baráti’s 2017/18 season include his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl conducted by McGegan, his return to the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowksi and another appearance with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall. Elsewhere he makes debuts with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony/Meister both at home and on tour to Cologne and Linz, the Verbier Festival Orchestra/Takács-Nagy at Schloss Elmau, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, BBC Scottish Symphony, Lahti Symphony and Hague Philharmonic orchestras. He performs throughout Hungary in recital, chamber music and with orchestra, and with the Prague Philharmonia will play/direct the complete concertos by Mozart at the Liszt Academy. In recital he undertakes a 17-concert recital tour of Germany, including performances in Stuttgart and Hamburg, performs at Cologne’s Philharmonie with Trio Catch, and makes his debut at the Stresa and Merano Festivals (Italy) and in Hong Kong at Hong Kong Cultural Centre.


    In previous seasons Baráti has played with orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, NDR Hannover, WDR Symphony, Royal Philharmonic , Budapest Festival orchestras and with conductors such as Masur, Janowski, Dutoit, Saraste, Manze, Orozco-Estrada, Pletnev, Varga, Iván Fischer, Hrůša, Temirkanov and has performed on numerous occasions and in various cities worldwide with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. A regular recital and chamber music player, Baráti has performed all over Europe and the US with partners such as Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Miklós Perényi, Dénes Várjon, Zoltán Kocsis and Kim Kashkashian, amongst others. Recent highlights have included recitals in Paris, Chicago, New York and in 2017 he returned to the White Nights Festival in a televised recital with Nikolai Lugansky.


    Baráti has an extensive discography which includes the five Mozart concerti, the complete Beethoven violin-piano sonatas and Brahms sonatas with Klára Würtz, the complete Ysaÿe solo sonatas for Brilliant Classics, and Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo violin, Paganini concerti 1 and 2 for the Berlin Classics label. Of a recent disc of encores, Gramophone magazine said “for those who like to hear the violin played at its sweet and acrobatic best, then Baráti is out of the top drawer.”


    Having spent much of his childhood in Venezuela, where he played as soloist with many of the country’s leading orchestras, Baráti returned to Budapest to study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and was later mentored by Eduard Wulfson, himself a student of Milstein and Menuhin. Still resident in Budapest, Barati performs regularly with all the major Hungarian orchestras and in recital and chamber music across the country. Together with István Vardái, Baráti is Artistic Director of Hungary’s Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival.


    Baráti plays the 1703 "Lady Harmsworth" made by Antonio Stradivarius, kindly offered by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.

    2017/18 season / 576 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Conductors

Ivor Bolton
Lionel Bringuier
Mischa Damev
Charles Dutoit
Valery Gergiev
Jakub Hrůša
Leo Hussain (Nov '17)
Marek Janowski
Vladimir Jurowski
Christoph Koenig
Andrew Manze
Nicholas McGegan
Cornelius Meister (Apr '18)
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Eiji Oue
Jamie Phillips
Mikhail Pletnev
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Ari Rasilainen
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Tatsuya Shimono
Gábor Takács-Nagy
Otto Tausk
Gilbert Varga
Joshua Weilerstein (May '18)

Concerto Repertoire

Includes:

Barber
Violin Concerto, Op.14


Bartók
Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112, BB.117


Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61

Brahms
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77

Glazunov
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82

Khachaturian
Violin Concerto in D minor


Korngold
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35

Lalo
Symphonie espagnole, Op.21

Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64

Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, K.207
Violin Concerto No.2 in D major, K.211
Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216 'Strassburg'
Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K.218
Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219 'Turkish'

Paganini
Violin Concerto No.1, Op.6

Prokofiev 
Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19
Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63

Shostakovich
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.99

Stravinsky
Violin Concerto in D major

Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35

Baráti started at the other extreme of audibility, his honeyed tone and intense intimacy willing the orchestra into submission. With his delicate sculpting of phrases and welcome injections of expressive breathing space, Baráti brought a degree of care and fragility

Guardian

Baráti’s performance was, in a word, masterful. Probing, austere, meditative, it rang with a rare sense of authenticity and almost majestic scope.

Washington Post

For those who like to hear the violin played at its sweet and acrobatic best, then Baráti is out of the top drawer... With intensity of sound, unbridled athleticism and, when needed, searing leaps into the stratosphere that send a tingle down the spine.

Gramophone

Intermusica represents Kristóf Baráti worldwide, excluding Hungary

Stephen Lumsden
Managing Director
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Leyla Güneş
Associate Director
+44 20 7608 9927
lgunes@intermusica.co.uk

Hannah Rawson
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9928
hrawson@intermusica.co.uk

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