Born in Hungary, Barnabás started his violin studies with noted Hungarian pedagogue Valeria Baranyai at the age of 6. He entered Eszter Perényi’s class at the Franz Liszt Music Academy at the age of 11. The musician has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation, appearing regularly as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician at many of the world’s major musical venues and festivals.
Barnabás has performed with the Belgian National Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, Holland’s Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague, Arnheim, Lahti, Münich, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra among others. Festival appearances have included Jerusalem, Ittingen, Moritzburg, Cambridge, Delft, Capetown, IMS Prussia Cove, Budapest, Prague, Salzburg and Grand Teton.
He has collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Denis Russel-Davies, Eiji Oue, Robert Spano, Zoltán Kocsis, Péter Eötvös and Rumon Gamba.
In addition to winning the Gold Medal at the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and six of the eight special prize. In 2007 he was awarded Grand Prize at the Central Europien Classical Music Festival.
He performs on the 1742 Ex-Dénes Kovács Guarneri del Gesú violin, which he received from the State of Hungary.