Kristóf Baráti

“Kristóf Baráti is the most talented violinist of his and many generations. He is a true soloist.”
Ida Haendel

“A talent like him comes along once in a decade, perhaps once in a generation.”


Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti is 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, 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.

Highlights of Baráti’s 2018-19 season include debuts with the Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bern Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic amongst others and returns to the Hungarian National Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra in Russia, Munich and on tour in the US. In recital, highlights include performances across Russia, Italy, in Germany and the US, a recital of solo Bach at Budapest’s Palace of the Arts and a debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with Istvan Vardai and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Baráti has played with conductors including Masur, Janowski, Dutoit, Saraste, Manze, Orozco-Estrada, Pletnev, Hrůša, Temirkanov, Varga and he performs regularly with Gergiev. A regular recital and chamber music player, Baráti has performed with partners such as Mischa Maisky, Bashmet, Perényi, Kocsis and 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 and Brahms sonatas with Klára Würtz, and Ysaÿe solo sonatas for Brilliant Classics, and Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo violin on the Berlin Classics label.

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 in Hungary regularly and together with István Vardái, Baráti is Artistic Director of the Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival.

Baráti plays the 1703 “Lady Harmsworth” made by Antonio Stradivarius, kindly offered by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.
Information for June 2019

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