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. Applauded repeatedly for the poetry and eloquence that he brings to his playing, he has been described as “a true tonal aesthete of the highest order”.
In recent seasons, Baráti has performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2019 he was the featured soloist in the opening concert of the Verbier Festival. Baráti has played with orchestras such as Zurich Tonhalle, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and Hague Philharmonic orchestras. He performs regularly with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra both in Russia and on tour around the world including in the US and China. Highlights of his 2019/20 season include debuts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Hallé Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra and at Zarydye Hall with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
A regular recital and chamber music player, Baráti has performed with partners such as Mischa Maisky, Bashmet, Pace, Bavouzet, Kocsis and Kashkashian amongst others. He performs every year at the White Nights Festival and in 2019 made his debut at the Seattle Chamber Music and Aspen Festivals. In 2016 he made a sensational debut at the Verbier Festival when he performed the
complete solo Sonatas and Partitas of Bach, and has since been back every year. Recital highlights in 19/20 include a tour of North America including performances in New York City and Washington and his debut at Mexico’s International Festival Cervantino.
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 his disc of encores “The Soul of Lady Harmsworth” recorded in 2016, 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 regularly across Hungary and together with István Vardái, Baráti is Artistic Director of the Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival. Baráti plays the 1703 "Lady Harmsworth" Stradivarius, by kind arrangement with the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Violin Concerto, Op.14
Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112, BB.117
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82
Violin Concerto in D minor
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
Symphonie espagnole, Op.21
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, K.207
Violin Concerto No.2 in D major, K.211
Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216 'Strassburg'
Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K.218
Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219 'Turkish'
Violin Concerto No.1, Op.6
Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19
Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.99
Violin Concerto in D major
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
Baráti started at the other extreme of audibility, his honeyed tone and intense intimacy willing the orchestra into submission. With his delicate sculpting of phrases and welcome injections of expressive breathing space, Baráti brought a degree of care and fragility
Baráti’s performance was, in a word, masterful. Probing, austere, meditative, it rang with a rare sense of authenticity and almost majestic scope.
Baráti has the build and physicality of a sportsman, which translated into a performance of immaculate discipline and razor sharp rhythmic precision. It was there in the crackling fireworks of the finale, but equally, it informed the shapeliness and rich poetic expressiveness of the scene-setting opening, and of the enchanting slow movement.