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Hungary’s Electrifying Kelemen Quartet Performs in Wgtn

Hungary’s Electrifying Kelemen Quartet Performs in Wellington in March

Exciting and passionate, Hungarian ensemble Kelemen Quartet performs in Wellington in March as part of the Chamber Music New Zealand 2014 ‘Kaleidoscopes’ season.

The Kelemen Quartet performs in 10 centres on the New Zealand tour including a concert at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on Friday 14 March as part of the New Zealand Festival.

This brilliant young quartet is currently taking Europe by storm after developing a worldwide following since winning the Musica Viva Grand Prize at the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

The Kelemen Quartet has a reputation as one of the most exciting string quartets in Europe and is currently resident at the Bela Bartók National Concert Hall at the Budapest Palace of Arts.

Led by Barnabás Kelemen, who has previously featured with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the quartet is a family affair featuring Barnabás’ wife Katalin Kokas, her sister Dóra Kokas, and Gábor Homoki, a colleague from the Liszt Academy.

All four musicians are well-regarded soloists with first prizes ranging from the Mozart competition in Salzburg to the Bartók and Szigeti Violin competitions.

Barnabás won the 2013 Gramophone Magazine Award for Best Chamber Music CD and was Hungary’s Classical Musician of the Year in 2003. He has been honoured by the Hungarian government with several awards including the Franz Liszt Prize and Hungarian Order of Merit.

The Kelemen Quartet specialises in the Hungarian repertoire and the Wellington concert features a programme pairing Mozart and Haydn classics with Bartók and the great Hungarian modernist Ligeti.

The Kelemen Quartet performs at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington on Friday 14 March at 7.30pm with a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm. Tickets are available through Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) and for more information visit

Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges major funding from Creative New Zealand. The Kelemen Quartet is presented in association with the New Zealand Festival.

Violin: Barnabás Kelemen
Violin/Viola: Gábor Homoki
Violin/Viola: Katalin Kokas
Cello: Dóra Kokas

WELLINGTON: Michael Fowler Centre | Friday 14 March 7.30pm (free pre-concert talk6.30pm) | Book at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) | Part of the New Zealand Festival

Ligeti | String Quartet No 1 ‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’
Mozart | String Quartet in C ‘Dissonance’
Haydn | String Quartet Op 20 No 2
Bartók | String Quartet No 4

Full Tour Schedule
DUNEDIN: Glenroy Auditorium | Sunday 9 March 5pm | Book at TicketDirect 0800 4TICKET (484 253)
INVERCARGILL: Civic Theatre | Monday 10 March 7.30pm | Book at TicketDirect 0800 4TICKET (484 253)
NELSON: Old St John’s Church | Wednesday 12 March 7.30pm | Book at TicketDirect 0800 4TICKET (484 253)
WELLINGTON: Michael Fowler Centre | Friday 14 March 7.30pm (free pre-concert talk6.30pm) | Book at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) | Part of the New Zealand Festival
PALMERSTON NORTH: Regent Theatre | Saturday 15 March 7.30pm (free pre-concert talk 6.45pm) | Book at TicketDirect 0800 4TICKET (484 253)
NAPIER: MTG Century Theatre | Sunday 16 March 5pm (free pre-concert talk 4pm) | Book at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
HAMILTON: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato | Tuesday 18 March 7.30pm | Book at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
AUCKLAND: Auckland Town Hall | Wednesday 19 March 8pm (free pre-concert talk 7pm) | Book at Ticketmaster 0800 111 999
NEW PLYMOUTH: Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace | Friday 21 March 7.30pm | Book at Ticketmaster 0800 111 999
CHRISTCHURCH: Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College | Saturday 22 March 7.30pm | Book at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)


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