Barnabás Kelemen




An artist of “innate musicality” with a technical execution that belongs “only to the greatest" - The Guardian 


He has captured the interest of the music world with premiers of works by Kurtág, Ligeti, Schnittke, Gubajdulina, Steve Reich and Ryan Wigglesworth and with his complete recordings of works for violin by Bartók. His 17 solo recordings have won major awards in England, France, Belgium, Germany and Hungary.


Barnabás Kelemen is a returning soloist in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, The Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, Bozar, Berlin Philharmonie and he has worked with conductors such as L. Maazel, Sir N. Marriner, V. Jurowski, M. Janowski, M. Stern, K. Urbanski, P. Eötvös, I. Fischer and Z. Kocsis.


Barnabás has been the recipient of the Kossuth Prize, the Gramophone Award, and won top prizes at international competitions in places such as Salzburg, Brussels and Indianapolis.


He is the founding leader of the Kelemen Quartet, who have won the Melbourne, the Beijing and the Paolo Borciani competitions and play at top festivals and concert halls throughout the US, Europe and Australia.


Barnabás’ biggest musical influences were his teachers Eszter Perényi, Isaac Stern, Ferenc Rados and Zoltán Kocsis and his grandfather, one of the most famous gypsy ‘prímás’s of the 20th century, Pali Pertis.


He is a professor at universities such as the F. Liszt Academy in Budapest and at the Cologne University and he plays on the 1742 ‘Ex-Dénes Kovács’ Guarneri violin on loan from the state of Hungary.