Katalin Kókas


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Katalin Kókas was born in 1978 in Pécs (Hungary), began to play the violin at the age of 5. And from the age 16 she was awarded full scholarship at the Toronto Royal Conservatory where she studied with Lóránd Fenyves. She attanded masterclasses of Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág, György Pauk, Igor Ozim, Tibor Varga, Endre Wolf and Leon Fleischer.

She won several competitions: First Prize at the Usti nad Orlice International Violin Competition in the Chech Republic in 1994, in 1996 the Concerto Competition in Toronto and in 1997-98 the Bartók and the Martinu Competitions in Semmering-Austria. In 1999 Katalin won the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and in 2002 the First Prize at the prestigous Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Hungary.

Katalin Kókas – as a violinist or violist – has collaborated with musicians such as Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, Dénes Várjon, Thorlief Thedeen, the Chilingirian Quartet, János Rolla and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, and performed with simphonic orchestras of Poznan, Kosice, Bratislava, Johannesburg, Durban, Taiwan and most of the Hungarian orchestras.

She has been invited to music-festivals such as Delft, Prussia-Cove, Seville, Budapest Spring Festival, Paris Louvre Auditorium, major cities of South Africa, New-York, Washington and after winning the Szigeti Competition, she has got many engagements from important concert-venues of Europe and the USA including one at the Recital Hall of the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2003.

She was awarded by the Ferenc Halász Prize and the Annie Fischer Scholarsip in 2004, 2005. Currently she is a violin professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.