About

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. In recent seasons he has made several significant debuts across the
globe with orchestras such as the LA Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and
Zurich Tonhalle, after which Bachtrack described him as “a true tonal aesthete
of the highest order”.

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 on tour to Bucharest 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, he
will perform a recital of solo Bach at Budapest’s Palace of the Arts and will
make his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with Istvan Vardai and Jean-Efflam
Bavouzet.

In
past seasons, Baráti has performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic
Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski and with orchestras such as ORF Vienna Radio
Symphony both at home and on tour, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg,
BBC Scottish Symphony and Hague Philharmonic orchestras. He performs regularly
throughout Hungary in recital, chamber music and with orchestra, and is now a
regular at the Verbier Festival following his sensational debut in 2016 when he
performed the complete solo Sonatas and Partitas of Bach.

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. Of a recent disc of encores, Gramophone magazine said
“for those who like to hear the violin played at its sweet and acrobatic best,
then Baráti is out of the top drawer.”

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.

Download a copy of Kristof Barati’s official biography here.