Kristof Barati (violin) ,
Kristof Barati was born in Budapest in 1979. He received his first violin lessons from his mother and later continued them with Vilmos Tátrai, the founder of the famous Tátrai Quartet. He spent his childhood partly (1981-1991) in Venezuela, where he proved his exceptional soloist talent at the age of eight with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has performed in the concert halls of Venezuela, France, Hungary and Japan.
Kristof Baráti won a First Prize at the International Competition for Violinists in Gorizia in 1995, Second Grand Prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition in 1996 and one year later Third Prize and the Audience Prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels.
He subsequently undertook further studies in Paris with Professor Eduard Wulfson who introduced him to the demands of the great Russian violin school.
In 2001 Kristof Barati opened the Colmar Festival (France) as a soloist under the direction of Vladimir Spivakov. During the last three years he participated in the master classes organised by Eduard Wulfson as a guest professor Kristof Barati played the final concert of the «Raphael: Grace and Beauty»- exposition in the Luxembourg Museum in Paris upon invitation of the French senate.
On September 13, 2002, Kristof Barati opened the Szigeti competition in Budapest. In 2003, Kristof Barati played several gala concerts in Paris with the Orchestre Nationale de France under the direction of Kurt Masur.
In 2004 saw a successful tour with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marcello Viotti, as well as concerts in France, Italy and the United States.
In 2005 Kristof Barati made his debut in Het Concertgebouw / Amsterdam with the Nederlands Radio Symfonie Orkest conducted by Roger Epple.
He made his debut in Germany in the beginning of 2006 in the Philharmonic of Berlin with the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin conducted by Kyrill Karabits.
In October 2010, Barati won the Sixth International Paganini Violin Competition in Moscow.
Êistóf Baráti performs in important concert halls around the world with major orchestras and conductors, such as Kurt Masur, Marek Janovski, Jiri Belohlavek, Yuri Bashmet, Yoel Levi, Andrew Manze, Zoltán Kocsis, Iván Fischer, Yuri Temirkanov and Eiji Oue. His chamber music partners have included Natalia Gutman, Gábor Boldoczki, Evgeniy Koroliov, Mario Brunello and Michel Portal. In 2009 and 2010 he recorded the first two Paganini concertos and Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo violin with Berlin Classics.