Kossuth and Liszt Ferenc Prize-winning violinist Kristóf Baráti, has recorded six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo sonatas and scores for violin. The album was released by Deutsche Grammophon.
Kristóf Baráti is characterized by high standards, impeccable technique, and a particularly wide range of musical expression, and is a recurring soloist with ensembles such as the Zurich Tonhalle-Orchester, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Philharmonic. Among his chamber music partners are Mischa Maisky, Yuri Basmet, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the late Zoltan Kocsis.
His debut at the prestigious Verbier Festival was memorable when he played all of Bach’s violin sonatas and partitas. The album just released is a recording of that concert. In the course of his career, he has recorded five violin concertos by Mozart and all of Ysaÿe’s solo sonatas, as well as Beethoven and Brahms sonatas with Klára Würtz. Together with cellist István Várdai, he is the artistic director of the Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival.
In 2011 he was awarded the Liszt Ferenc Prize, in 2014 he received the Kossuth Prize and the Bartók–Pásztory Prize, and a year later he was awarded the Prima Prize. Thanks to the Stradivarius Foundation of Chicago, he currently plays the 1703 Stradivarius “Lady Harmsworth”.