"Kristóf Baráti is the most talented violinist of his and many generations. He is a true soloist!"
Kristóf Baráti was born in Budapest, Hungary, but a large part of his childhood was spent in Venezuela. He began his violin studies at the age of five and already from the age of eight he made his first solo performances with the leading Venezuelan orchestras. At the age of eleven he was invited to Montpellier to give a recital at the prestigious "Festival de Radio France".
His studies continued in Budapest with Miklós Szenthelyi and Vilmos Tátrai in the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. During this period he got First prize at the Lipizer Competition in Italy and got Second prize in the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris. In 1997 his career takes a new turn after getting Third prize and the audience prize on the highly prestigious "Queen Elisabeth" competition in Brussels, being the youngest finalist.
After this success he redefines his violin technique with Eduard Wulfson, who's knowledge was influenced by great violinists of the 20th century such as Nathan Milstein, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng. In 2010 Barati won the highly praised Paganini Competition in Moscow.
Kristóf 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.
Kristóf Baráti has got numerous prizes such as Elba Festival's Best Performer and the Prima Prize and Liszt-prize, the most pestigeous prize for classical music awarded by the Republic of Hungary.
Kristóf Baráti plays on the 1703 "Lady Harmsworth" made by Antonio Stradivarius, kindly offered by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.