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World-class Musicians Playing in Debrecen

On 11th February, Kristóf Baráti and on 3rd March Barnabás Kelemen will be the soloist of the concerts of the Kodály Philharmonia in Debrecen.

Kossuth and Liszt Prize laureate Kristóf Baráti in Debrecen

Kristóf Baráti, born into a musical family, was eight when he began performing with leading orchestras in Venezuela.  In recent seasons, Baráti has performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2019 he was the featured soloist in the opening concert of the Verbier Festival. 

He has also played with orchestras such as Zurich Tonhalle, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and Hague Philharmonic orchestras.

Baráti has won many major prizes at international competitions including 1st prize at 1995 Gorizia Competition in Italy, second prize at the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, 3rd prize and audience prize at the 1997 Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Sixth International Paganini Violin Competition in Moscow in 2010.  In 2014, he was awarded Hungary’s highest cultural award, the Kossuth Prize.


11 February 2020, 7:30 PM

Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61st

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”, Op. 68th

Featuring: Kristóf Baráti (violin) and Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Conductor: Imre Kollár

Beethoven composed his Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, in 1806. Once Franz Clement presented it, it was seen unsuccessful and ridiculous for some decades. In 1844 by Joseph Joachim revived it and since then it has become one of the best-known violin concertos. 

The Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”, Op. 68th was completed in 1808. It contains explicitly programmatic content and it was first performed in the Theater an der Wien on 22 December 1808 in a four-hour concert.

Barnabás Kelemen, Hungarian violinist plays with  Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Barnabás Kelemen is a Hungarian violinist who began his violin studies at the age of six and at age eleven was admitted to the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music into the studio of Eszter Perényi. In 1999 he won the First Prize of the Mozart International Violin Competition in Salzburg, while the gold medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 2002. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in 2006. He started teaching at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 2005.


3 March 2020, 7:30 PM

Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Beethoven: Triple C Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op.56.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Op. 67 “FATE”

Featuring: Kelemen Barabás (violin), Alexander Buzlov (cello) and Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Conductor: Dániel Somogyi-Tóth

Beethoven wrote the Symphony No. 5 in C minor between 1804 and 1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies. It is widely considered one of the cornerstones of western music. It was first performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in 1808 with great success. 

The Symphony No. 5 in C minor was composed in 1803 and later published in 1804. It’s the only concerto Beethoven ever completed for more than one solo instrument.