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KELEMAN AND KOKAS (article first published : 2001-10-11)

Durban-based Friends of Music will host a recital by renowned duo - violinist Barnabás Kelemen and violinist and violist Katalin Kokas. They will be accompanied by Malcolm Nay on the piano.

Born in Budapest , Hungary in 1978, Barnabás Kelemen began to play the violin at the age of six, studying with Valéria Baranyai. From 1990 he continued his studies at the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy in the class of Eszter Perényil, going on to spend two months at the Summer Academy of Santa Barbara in California in 1994, taking first prize in the academy's competitions. He participated in several master classes held by leading international violinists including Gyorgy Pauk and Isaac Stern.

Kelemen has led a busy international concert schedule for more than a decade and has appeared in major music festivals, such as the Salzburg Festival and Britain's Cambridge Festival. He has performed in many of the world's leading concert venues such as London's Wigmore Hall, where his joint appearance with the celebrated pianist Tamas Vasary, typically, drew accolades. He has recorded for the Hungaraton label.

Important engagements ahead are tours of Spain and Sweden, a concert with the Solti Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland conducted by Vasary, a recital at the Louvre in Paris in November, and a recital tour of Italy in February 2002.

Katalin Kokas is equally proficient playing the violin and the viola. Born in Pécs, Hungary, in 1978 she began to play the violin at the age of five and continued her studies from 1989 at Buapest's Franz Liszt Music Academy, in the class of Prof Ferenc Halŕsz and Prof Dénes Kovŕcs. From 1994, she studied for two years at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music with Professor Lóránd Fenyves.

She is currently studying at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in the class of Prof Eszter Perényil who also taught Barnabás Kelemen. She has taken masterclasses from Lóránd Fenyves, Ench Wolf, Tibor Varga and Jaime Laredo and since 1989, has consistently won first prize in numerous leading music competitions in Hungary, Canada and Austria. She performed in a concert at the 1992 EXPO in Seville and went on to appear in Sweden, Germany, Austria and Canada. Last year she took part in the Delft chamber Music Festival (with Bella Davidovch, Michael Collins, Isabelle van Keulen) and performed in Estonia as well as at the Prussia Cove Festival (with Steven Isserlis).

Their programme for Friends of Music includes a wide variety of works including Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio for violin, viola & piano and Spohr’s Grand Duo Concertante in D major for two violins.

Barnabás Kelemen will perform Beethoven’s Sonata in D major, Op12 No1, Bartok’s First Rhapsody and Ravel’s Tzigane

The recital will take place on October 23 at 19h45 at the Durban Jewish Club. There is plenty of safe parking and a cash bar and light refreshments are available. Book at Computicket.




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