One of the most important artists of his generation in Hungary, Kristóf Baráti performs regularly in his native country with all the major Hungarian orchestras, in recital and chamber music, and in 2014 he was awarded Hungary’s highest cultural award, the Kossuth Prize, following in the footsteps of András Schiff, György Ligeti and Iván Fischer amongst others.
Across the rest of the world Baráti is gaining recognition for the extraordinary quality of his musicianship. In the 2017/18 season he makes his debut with the LA Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl, with the Munich Philharmonic conducted by Valery Gergiev, and returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski for a performance at the Royal Festival Hall. He also makes many debuts elsewhere in the UK, in Holland, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg and returns to London with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, with whom he has played many times. In previous seasons Baráti has played with major orchestras such as the Budapest Festival, Royal Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, NHK Symphony, WDR Symphony orchestras and with conductors such as Masur, Janowski, Dutoit, Bělohlávek, Saraste, Pletnev, Varga, Iván Fischer, Hrůša, Manze and Temirkanov and in summer 2016 made his debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, conducted by Bringuier.
A regular recital and chamber music player, Baráti performs all over the globe with partners such as Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Miklós Perényi, Dénes Várjon, Zoltán Kocsis and Kim Kashkashian. Recent highlights include performances in Hungary and Russia with Nikolai Lugansky and in 2016 he made a sensational debut at the Verbier Festival performing the complete solo Sonatas and Partitas of Bach, with Medici filming the Sonatas. 2018 sees him return to Verbier Festival and embark on a seventeen-concert recital tour of Germany, as well as performances in Cologne, Hong Kong and his debuts at the Stresa and Merano Festivals in Italy.
Baráti’s discography includes the complete Bach solo Sonatas and Partitas, Ysaÿe solo sonatas, the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas with Klára Würtz, as well concerti by Mozart, Korngold and Paganini, and upcoming releases include sonatas by Ravel, Fauré and Franck. Reviewing his latest release of encores titled “The Lady of Harmsworth”, Gramophone magazine said “for those who like to hear the violin played at its sweet and acrobatic best, then Barati is out of the top drawer”.
Born into a family of musicians, Baráti spent much of his childhood in Venezuela, where he played as soloist with many of the country’s leading orchestras, returning to Budapest to study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. He was later mentored by Eduard Wulfson who was himself a student of Milstein and Menuhin. Baráti 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. When he is not playing the violin he is a keen photographer and an avid chess player, proud to have almost drawn in a match against Vladimir Kramnik, World Chess Champion 2000-2007. Passionate about flying, Barati is also a keen aeroplane pilot and one day he hopes to own his own plane.
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.