Violinist Barnabás Kelemen will embark on a five-stop tour with the Utopia Orchestra, one of the world’s most extraordinary ensembles, along with its conductor and music director, Teodor Currentzis. The artists will perform together in November in Berlin, Budapest, Antwerp, Brescia, and Rome, reports Magyar Nemzet.
“It is always a special occasion when a foreign orchestra comes to Müpa Budapest (formerly Palace of Arts), because meeting the performing culture of another country is an enlightening experience.
This time, however, the experience promises to be even more exciting than usual, as the ensemble is international, conducted by its founder and featuring our country’s world-famous violinist Barnabás Kelemen as soloist.
The concert by Teodor Currentzis and the Utopia Orchestra promises much, but if we add to the program two exceptional works of the Romantic concerto and symphony repertoire, we have to admit that this is an evening not to be missed,” reads the Müpa Budapest’s recommendation.
The concert on November 17 will feature familiar tunes, including Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major with Barnabás Kelemen, followed by a truly grand work, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, rich in passion and emotion.
Barnabás Kelemen. Photo via Facebook/Barnabás Kelemen
Barnabás Kelemen (1978) is a Hungarian violinist, chamber musician, and professor. He is the founder and artistic director of the Festival Academy Budapest and he co-established the Kelemen Quartet. His work has been recognized with the highest professional and state honors: he has been awarded Liszt, Bartók-Pásztory and Kossuth Prizes, Prima and the London-based Gramophone Awards, and is the holder of the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
The Athens-born Greek conductor, Teodor Currentzis, has been hailed in recent years as one of the daredevils of classical music. His flamboyant appearance has attracted attention, as did the fact that, contrary to tradition, he does not conduct his orchestra from the podium.
His career was not unconventional either: he played the piano, then the violin, and later took composition lessons.
He studied conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the 1990s. After his assignments in Russia, he was asked to conduct the Southwest German Radio Symphony (Südwestfunk, SWF) Orchestra in Germany.
He set up his own ensemble, the Utopia Orchestra, an independent body, with the aim of bringing together exceptional talent from around the world.
Tickets for the Budapest concert are available here.