GFA Violin masterclass

10 - 16 July

Kristof Barati (Violin) Hungary | Erkin Onay (Violin) Turkey |
Kristof Barati

Kristof Barati

Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti is recognised increasingly across the globe as a musician of extraordinary quality with a vast expressive range and impeccable technique. Applauded repeatedly for the poetry and eloquence that he brings to his playing, he has been described as “a true tonal aesthete of the highest order”.

In recent seasons, Baráti has performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2019 he was the featured soloist in the opening concert of the the Verbier Festival. Baráti has played with orchestras such as Zurich Tonhalle, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and Hague Philharmonic orchestras. He performs regularly with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra both in Russia and on tour around the world including in the US and China. Highlights of his 2020/21 season include performances with the Budapest Festival and Bern Symphony orchestras, and  debuts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Israel Philharmonic orchestras amongst others.

A regular recital and chamber music player, Baráti has performed with partners such as Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Enrico Pace, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Zoltán Kocsis and Kim Kashkashian amongst others. He performs every year at the White Nights Festival and in 2019 made his debut at the Seattle Chamber Music and Aspen Festivals. In 2016 he made a sensational debut at the Verbier Festival when he performed the complete solo Sonatas and Partitas of Bach and has since been back every year.

Baráti has an extensive discography which includes the five Mozart concerti, the complete Beethoven and Brahms sonatas with Klára Würtz, and Ysaÿe solo sonatas for Brilliant Classics, and Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo violin on the Berlin Classics label. Of his disc of encores ‘The Soul of Lady Harmsworth’ recorded in 2016, Gramophone magazine said “for those who like to hear the violin played at its sweet and acrobatic best, then Baráti is out of the top drawer.”

Having spent much of his childhood in Venezuela where he played as soloist with many of the country’s leading orchestras, Baráti returned to Budapest to study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and was later mentored by Eduard Wulfson, himself a student of Milstein and Menuhin. Still resident in Budapest, Baráti performs regularly across Hungary and together with István Vardái, he is Artistic Director of the Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival. Baráti plays the 1703 “Lady Harmsworth” Stradivarius, by kind arrangement with the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.

Erkin Onay

Erkin Onay

Erkin Onay, born in Istanbul in 1976, initiated his violin education under his grandfather Joachim Reusch. Between 1989 and 1994, he privately studied with Prof. Atilla Aydın at the ‘Hannover für Musik.’ While continuing his general violin education in Hannover, Germany, he performed recitals in Turkey, Germany, Greece, and France and participated in Young Musicians Festivals during the same period.

In 1990, he received the second prize at the Young Musicians Competition in Germany. In 1994, he was accepted into the Freiburg University in Germany through a special talent examination with Prof. Jörg Hoffman.

He gained admission to Gyorgy Pauk’s class at the Winterthur Music Conservatory in Switzerland in 1996. Starting from 1998 at the Winterthur Music Conservatory, Erkin Onay worked with Prof. Rudolf Koelman, one of Heifetz’s last star students, and graduated in 2001 with the “konzertreife” Diploma (Concert Diploma) with the highest honors.

Erkin Onay collaborated with State Artist Prof. Suna Kan in Turkey and received his Artistic Proficiency degree in 2005. He has participated as a soloist in various orchestras conducted by Gürer Aykal, Rengim Gökmen, İbrahim Yazıcı, Antonio Pirolli, Naci Özgüç, Vladimir Altschuler, and Emil Tabakov, including the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Çukurova, Bursa State Symphony Orchestras, Eskişehir Symphony Orchestra, DESSO, and BASSO.

Having held numerous performances domestically and internationally, Erkin Onay has given recitals and chamber music concerts in Turkey, Ukraine, India, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

From 1999 to 2004, he served as the concertmaster of the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, and from 2005 to 2007, he held the position of concertmaster at the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. Since 2007, he has been serving as the concertmaster of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra.