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Baráti Kristóf


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Kristóf Baráti was born in Budapest in 1979 into a family of musicians (his mother is a violinist, his father a cellist). He spent a large part of his childhood in Venezuela and, at the age of 8, gave a concert with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra. He began studying violin with his mother and Emil Friedman in Caracas, then he studied with Miklós Szenthelyi and Vilmos Tátrai in Budapest at the Liszt Music Academy.

Professor Eduard Wulfson, director of the Stradivarius Society, discovered Baráti at the Jacques Thibaud Competition in 1996. Since then he became his musical advisor and mentor. Wulfson is an heir to the great tradition of Russian violin playing.

He relays to Baráti the knowledge of his own teachers: Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein and Henryk Szeryng. Kristóf has participated, as guest professor, alongside Ida Haendel, Vadim Repin, and Natalia Gutman, at the master-classes organized by Eduard Wulfson, initially at the Château de Champs-sur-Marne and at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

He regularly performs with great success in Hungary and worldwide with major orchestras and outstanding conductors. Kristóf has the privilege to play on a 1703 Stradivarius named Lady Harmsworth, kindly donated by the Stradivari Society.

He has appeared on major stages all around the world: the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Salle Pleyel (Paris), the Berliner Philharmonie, the Teatro Teresa Careńo, the Sala Rios Reyna (Venezuela), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Symphony Hall Osaka, the Palace of Arts (Budapest), Verona, Chicago, Shanghai, and has been invited to the festivals Gstaad Sommets Musicaux, Elba Musical Festival (awarded the Best Performer Prize), Berliner Festspiele, Santander Music Festival, Colmar International Festival.

In 1997 he received third prize and Audience Prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, Brussels, and the Second Prize at the Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris in 1996. He won the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Gorizia in 1995.

Among his chamber music partners should be mentioned Natalia Gutman, Mikhail Mouratch, Michel Portal, Mario Brunello, Evgeny Koroliov and Imre Rohmann. He has played under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Kurt Masur, Gergely Vajda, Jiří Bělohlávek, Arthur Fagen, Yoel Levi, Andrew Manze, Paul Mann, Robert Houlihan, Kiril Karabits, Vasily Petrenko, Zoltán Kocsis, Ariel Zuckerman, Iván Fischer, Yuri Temirkanoff, Marek Janovski and Eiji Oue. Since 2002 he has recorded chamber works and concertos by Paganini, Ravel, Bartók and J. S. Bach.

2011 Liszt Prize
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
2002 Kristóf Baráti au Sénat - Récital événement pour violon solo Sylvestre Verger Art Organisation sVo Art CD 2 Own
2009 Joseph Haydn - Anniversary Album 2009 BMC Records BMC CD 156
2009 Niccolo Paganini: Violin Concertos 1&2 Berlin Classics 0016462BC
2012 Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas Brillant Classics 94310 Own
4 CDs
2013 Eugène Ysaÿe: Solo Sonatas Brillant Classics 94678 Own
2013 Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Brillant Classics 94803 Own
2013 J. S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin Brillant Classics 94667 Own
2 CDs
2014 Brahms: Violin Sonatas Brillant Classics 94824 Own
2015 Kristóf Baráti: The Soul of Lady Harmsworth Hungaroton HCD 32760
2015 Korngold: Violin Concerto / Violin Sonata Brillant Classics 95006
2016 Ferenc Farkas: Complete Chamber Music for Cello, Volume One Toccata Classics TOCC 0345 First recordings
2016 Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos Brillant Classics 95368 Own
2020 Debussy, Ravel & Franck - French Violin Sonatas Brillant Classics 95576 Own
2020 Quintessence Mozart: Violin Concertos, Salzburg Divertimenti, Haffner Serenade Brillant Classics 96149 5 CDs
2020 Quintessence Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas & Cello Sonatas Brillant Classics 96112 5 CDs
2023 Béla Bartók: 44 Duos Hungaroton HCD 32869 Own