Katalin Kokas

violin, viola

Katalin Kokas is not only a violinist but playes in her string quartet the viola as well. She is a Professor of Violin at the Liszt Academy of Music - Budapest since 2004 and gives masterclasses regularly. Founder and artistic director of Hungary’s major chamber music festival Katalin is a mother of three children.

Katalin has founded the annual Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival in 2010 (www.kaposfest.hu), where she is the artistic director featuring amongst others Joshua Bell, Pekka Kuusisto, Zoltán Kocsis, Ivry Gitlis, Yevgeny Nesterenko and Ferenc Rados. 

Katalin has been invited to perform at various music festivals by artists such as Gidon Kremer in Lockenhaus (Austria), Steven Isserlis in Prussia Cove (UK), Isabelle van Keulen in Delft (The Netherlands), Elena Bashkirova in Jerusalem, András Schiff in Ittingen (Switzerland), Dimitri Slobodeniuk in Korsholma (Finland) and also to the Festival of MIDEM Classical Awards. 

As a violinist and violist, Katalin Kokas is a member of the Kelemen Quartet, one of Hungary’s leading ensembles. Apart from concerts in Melbourne, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Croatia, the quartet has been reinvited after its successful debut tour in the USA (New York, Greenwich, Dallas). 

The Kelemen Quartet won the 2nd Prize, the Audience Prize and the ‘Musica Viva’ Special Prize at the 6th International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne 2011. They have collaborated with amongst others Joshua Bell, Joseph Lendvai, Pekka Kuusisto, Nicolas Altstaedt, Maxim Rysanov, José Gallardo and Péter Frankl. With her quartet Katalin’s future engagements include debut concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic and at the London Wigmore Hall but also a tour in Australia in 2014.

In addition to winning several competitions in Hungary, Katalin Kokas won the First Prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in 1999 and at the József Szigeti International Violin Competition in 2002.

Katalin Kokas graduated with honours from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest where she studied with Ferenc Halász, Dénes Kovács and Eszter Perényi, and also the worked with Lóránd Fenyves in Toronto at the age of only sixteen.

Katalin Kokas received Annie Fischer Scholarship three times, the Ferenc Halász Prize and the medal „For the City of Kaposvár”. Katalin Kokas was awarded for the Ferenc Liszt Prize from the Hungarian State and received the Junior Prima Prize in 2009.

Katalin released six CD-recordings with Hungaroton and BMC records. She performs on the 1697 Ex ‘Cecilia’ Stradivari violin, generously on loan from the Hungarian Golden Museum, and on a 1863 Luigi Fabris viola.

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