José Gallardo - piano (Argentina)
José Gallardo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 5, he began to take piano lessons at the Conservatory in Buenos Aires. Later, he continued his studies with Prof. Poldi Mildner at the Department of Music, University of Mainz, Germany, from which he graduated in 1997. During that time, he already discovered his predilection/affectation for chamber music. He was musically inspired by artists like Menahem Pressler (Trio Beaux Arts, New York), Alfonso Montecino (Bloomington, Indiana), Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (Hannover, Germany), Sergiu Celibidache (Munich, Germany), and Rosalyn Tureck (New York).
José Gallardo received numerous national and international awards, such as:
In 1990, he won the first prize at the Westphalian Music Festival in Hamm, Germany.
In 1991, he was given the "Johannes Gutenberg" award by the University of Mainz, Germany.
In 1992, he won the first prize at the international Piano Contest in Cantù, Como, Italy.
Together with cellist Ms. Sung Hyun-Jun he won the first prize and the prize of the international press jury in Trapani, Italy, in 1995.
Invitations to numerous musical festivals, such as:
Festival of Chamber Music in Lockenhaus, Germany
Festival of Asiago, Italy
"Music of the World" Festival in Pforzheim, Germany
Cello Festival in Kronberg, Germany
Castle Festival in Zwingenberg, Germany
Days of Culture in Appenau, Germany
"Sandstone and Music" in Dresden, Germany
Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, Germany
Rheingau Musical Festival, Germany
Concerts in Europe, Asia, Israel, Oceania, and South America.
Chamber musical cooperations with Alberto Lysy, permanent partner of the Israeli percussionist Chen Zimbalista and Linus Roth, Natascha Korsakova, Friedemann Eichhorn, Sung Hyun-Jung, Julius Berger, Martin Dobner et al.
He gives concerts in domestic music halls and abroad, amongst these are the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, the Teatro della Pergola Florence and the Wigmore Hall in London. In 2005, several concerts will be arranged in New York and Chicago. Further, CD recordings are planned, amongst others in collaboration with Linus Roth for EMI Classics.
He is actively involved in many master courses with Maxim Vengerov, Siegfried Palm, Bernard greenhouse, Steven Isserlis et al.
On the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the Independence Day of the State Israel, he performed at the Philharmony in Berlin together with Chen Zimbalista.
Since 1998, he is working as assistant professor at the Department of Music, University of Mainz, Germany.
Barnabás Kelemen – violin (Hungary)
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 amongst others with the American Symphony, BBC Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Budapest Festival, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Helsinki Philharmonic, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Irish Chamber, Kioi Sinfonietta, Lahti Symphony, London Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Netherlands Radio, Norwegian Chamber, Orchestra della Toscana, Pannon Philharmonic, Philharmonia Auckland, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Trondheim Symphony and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony orchestras.
Barnabás Kelemen works with renowned conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Olari Elts, Peter Eötvös, Ivan Fischer, Sascha Goetzel, Pietari Inkinen, Vladimir Jurowski, Tonu Kajuste, Zoltán Kocsis, Hannu Lintu, Sir Neville Marriner, Michael Sanderling, Leif Segerstam, Dmitri Solbodeniouk, Masaaki Suzuki, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Krzstysztof Urbánski. He was the Artist in Residence in the 2010-11 season at Musis Sacrum in Arnhem. As soloist and conductor he appeared with Budapest Festival Chamber Orchestra, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Indianapolis Symphony, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.
In recital Kelemen has performed with Zoltán Kocsis and Shai Wosner with whom he played recitals at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bozar in Brussels and Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2010 he founded the Kelemen Quartet, which received a silver medal, audience prize and the Musica Viva Grand Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011.Kelemen Quartett gives its debuts in Florence, Munich, tour in China, India, Australia and New Zealand.
Highlights in the 2013/14 season include appearances as a soloist with Pannon Philharmonic and Tibor Boganyi, Bach Collegium München and Florian Sonnleitner, Sinfonieorchester Innsbruck, London Philharmonic and Michal Dworzynski, Franz Liszt Chamber, Hallé Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungarian State Opera) and Hungarian National Philharmonic with Zóltan Kocsis. The Kelemen Quartet will give his debuts at the Wigmore Hall, Florence, Munich, Maribor, Eindhoven and within tours to India, Australia and New Zealand. He will also appear in chamber music performances with Alexander Longquich, Nicolas Altstaedt and Katalin Kokas in Salzburg, Utrecht and Vienna.
Barnabás Kelemen’s varied discography has been received to critical acclaim, with his recording of Brahms’ Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Tamás Vásáry has won a Diapason d’Or, and that of Liszt’s complete works for Violin and Piano with Gergely Bogányi was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque 2001 by the International Liszt Society. His recording of Bartók’s Rhapsodies and Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Hungarian National Philharmonic and Zoltán Kocsis released by the Label Hungaroton winning the German Record Critics’ Award 2011 in the concerto category. Among his more recent recordings are also a live DVD of the complete Mozart Violin Concertos and CDs of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Hungarian National Philharmonic and Zoltán. A recital CD released by the Label Hungaroton with both Bartók Violin Sonatas with Zoltán Kocsis and Bartók’s Solo Sonata, received a Gramophone Award in the Chamber Music category 2013.
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. In recognition of his achievements the Hungarian government awarded him the Sándor Végh Prize in 2001, the Franz Liszt Prize in 2003, Rózsavölgyi Prize in 2003 and most recently the Kossuth Prize in 2012. Since 2005 he has been a professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest and 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.
Katalin Kokas - violin (Hungary)
Katalin Kokas is not only a violinist but playes in her string quartet the viola as well. She is a Professor of Violin at the Liszt Academy of Music - Budapest since 2004 and gives masterclasses regularly. Founder and artistic director of Hungary’s major chamber music festival Katalin is a mother of two children.
Katalin has founded the annual Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival in 2010 (www.kaposfest.hu), where she is the artistic director featuring amongst others Joshua Bell, Pekka Kuusisto, Zoltán Kocsis, Ivry Gitlis, Yevgeny Nesterenko and Ferenc Rados.
Katalin has been invited to perform at various music festivals by artists such as Gidon Kremer in Lockenhaus (Austria), Steven Isserlis in Prussia Cove (UK), Isabelle van Keulen in Delft (The Netherlands), Elena Bashkirova in Jerusalem, András Schiff in Ittingen (Switzerland), Dimitri Slobodeniuk in Korsholma (Finland) and also to the Festival of MIDEM Classical Awards.
As a violinist and violist, Katalin Kokas is a member of the Kelemen Quartet, one of Hungary’s leading ensembles. Apart from concerts in Melbourne, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Croatia, the quartet has been reinvited after its successful debut tour in the USA (New York, Greenwich, Dallas).
The Kelemen Quartet won the 2nd Prize, the Audience Prize and the ‘Musica Viva’ Special Prize at the 6th International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne 2011. They have collaborated with amongst others Joshua Bell, Joseph Lendvai, Pekka Kuusisto, Nicolas Altstaedt, Maxim Rysanov, José Gallardo and Péter Frankl. With her quartet Katalin’s future engagements include debut concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic and at the London Wigmore Hall but also a tour in Australia in 2014.
In addition to winning several competitions in Hungary, Katalin Kokas won the First Prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in 1999 and at the József Szigeti International Violin Competition in 2002.
Katalin Kokas graduated with honours from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest where she studied with Ferenc Halász, Dénes Kovács and Eszter Perényi, and also the worked with Lóránd Fenyves in Toronto at the age of only sixteen.
Katalin Kokas received Annie Fischer Scholarship three times, the Ferenc Halász Prize and the medal „For the City of Kaposvár”. Katalin Kokas was awarded for the Ferenc Liszt Prize from the Hungarian State and received the Junior Prima Prize in 2009.
Katalin released six CD-recordings with Hungaroton and BMC records. She performs on the 1697 Ex ‘Cecilia’ Stradivari violin, generously on loan from the Istvan Zelnik Hunagrian Golden Museum, and on a 1863 Luigi Fabris viola.