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Kristof Barati
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Hungarian violinist Kristof Barati performs regularly with all the major Hungarian orchestras and in recital and chamber music across the country, and is becoming recognised increasingly across the globe for the extraordinary quality of his musicianship. In 2015, the Washington Post described his recital of Bach and Bartok as '... in a word, masterful. Probing, austere, meditative, it rang with a rare sense of authenticity and almost majestic scope.' In 2014, he was awarded Hungary's highest cultural award, the Kossuth Prize, following in the footsteps of revered Hungarian artists such as Andras Schiff, Gyorgy Ligeti and Ivan Fischer.
Having spent much of his childhood in Venezuela, where he played as soloist with many of the country's leading orchestras, Barati 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. As soloist he has played with orchestras such as the Mariinsky, Budapest Festival, Royal Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, NDR Symphony, NHK Symphony, WDR Symphony orchestras and with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Marek Janowski, Charles Dutoit, Jiri Belohlavek, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Mikhail Pletnev, Gilbert Varga, Ivan Fischer, Jakub Hrusa, and Yuri Temirkanov. In the 2015/16 season, highlights include his return to NDR Hannover with Andrew Manze, a performance with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and his debut at London's Southbank Centre with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Orosco-Estrada.
A regular recital and chamber music player, Barati made his French recital debut at the age of eleven in Montpellier at the prestigious Festival de Radio France and has since performed all over Europe and the US with partners such as Richard Goode, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Miklos Perenyi, Denes Varjon, Zoltan Kocsis and Kim Kashkashian, amongst others. Upcoming plans include recitals in Paris, Chicago and New York. Barati has won many major prizes including the third prize and audience prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1997 when he was the competition's youngest competitor.
Barati has recorded Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo violin and the first two Paganini concertos for the Berlin Classics label, and for Brilliant Classics he has recorded the complete Beethoven violin-piano sonatas and Brahms sonatas with Klara Wurtz, the complete Ysaye solo sonatas, and a disc of encores, The Soul of Lady Harmsworth. Upcoming releases include the five Mozart concerti and sonatas by Ravel, Faure and Franck.
Barati plays the 1703 'Lady Harmsworth' made by Antonio Stradivarius, kindly offered by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.

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