Barnabás Kelemen and Katalin Kokas wins Gramophone Classical Music Awards

27 January 2022

In 2020 the Gramophone Classical Music Awards Chamber category was secured by players Barnabás Kelemen, Katalin Kokas, Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Lawrence Power and Alexander Lonquich. Their recording of Béla Bartók’s Piano Quintet and Sándor Veress’s String Trio on Alpha Classics was deemed​ “unmissable” by Gramophone on its release in 2020. ‘I think it fair to say that Kelemen, Frang, Katalin Kokas, Altstaedt and Alexander Lonquich sell this lovable product of youthful creative excess more securely than any of their predecessors on disc, certainly any that I have encountered’. (The Gramophone review)  

Barnabás Kelemen and Katalin Kokas are among the winners of the BBC Music Magazine Awards

27 January 2022

The BBC Music Magazine Awards celebrate the very best of the classical recording world, from ambitious symphony and opera releases to imaginative and intimate chamber and solo albums. The winners of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020 were announced in mid-May 2020. It was presented in seven categories, with a list of 21 nominees compiled by a professional jury out of the 170 best recordings of the previous year (only recordings that received a five-star rating from one of the magazine's critics could be included in the list). The chamber category winner of the BBC Music Magazine Award was ultimately decided by an audience vote. Among the chamber music recordings, the record featuring Sándor Veress's 1954 string trio and Béla Bartók's 1903 piano quintet in C major, which was released under the auspices of Alpha Records, deserved recognition.  

Kelemen Quartet Returns!

10 April 2021

The founding members, Barnabas Kelemen and Katalin Kokas, introduce two new members to the quartet. Jonian Ilias Kadesha will be a violinist and Vashti Hunter will be their new cellist. After a three-year hiatus the Budapest-based chamber group returns to the stage with two new members. At their debut concert at the Budapest Spring Festival they will perform Béla Bartók's six string quartets in two concerts. source:

Back to the Alma Mater

1 March 2020

Back to the Alma Mater two concerts at the Liszt Academy  in March with Barnabás Kelemen. On the 2nd he will perform two chamber pieces for violin and harp with Andrea Vigh and on the 12th he will play two solo violin sonatas and a partita of Bach on a magnificent, renovated Gagliano instrument.

Barnabás Kelemen is a returning guest artist of the Finnish Sinfonia Lahti Orchestra

8 December 2019

Barnabás Kelemen is a returning guest artist of the Finnish Sinfonia Lahti Orchestra. Their cooperation looks back many years, not only with the Orchestra but with the conductor Dima Slobodeniouk as well. In this December will be performed three times the violin concerto by Sibelius as the Independence Day event, the first performance will be a private concert for the veterans, followed by the second and third concerts at the Sibelius Hall and in Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna.

Barnabás Kelemen in Milan

21 November 2019

On 22 and 24 November Barnabas Kelemen will perform Beethoven's violin concerto with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Claus Peter Flor, in the Milan Auditorium. As the artist said in a previous interview, he is always delighted to perform this violin concerto, one of the most difficult concertos in the violin repertoire, in which he always finds something new to discover. It is of particular interest that these performances will be his debut with the Orchestra in Milan.

Barnabás Kelemen at the Maribor Festival

25 August 2019

Barnabás Kelemen at the Maribor Festival Barnabás Kelemen will appear on stage in the Union Hall as a conductor at the Maribor Festival on 13 September 2019. The music on the program will include the Cello concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich, which will be framed by an Overture to Orpheus and Eurydice by Haydn (aka. The Soul of the Philosopher), and Symphony No. 5 by Schubert. The concert will feature Nicolas Altsteadt, the world known cellist, and the Haydn Philharmonic, the resident orchestra of the Esterházy-Palace in Eisenstadt.

On 14 September, he will perform a selection of duos by Bach, Kodály and Bartók, with his wife, Katalin Kokas, and Nicolas Altsteadt.