Dóra Kokas

Dóra Kokas was born into a family of musicians, where she grew up surrounded by a love of music. She entered her first cello competition at the age of seven, and since then her achievements as a soloist have included 1st prize at the Hamburg Debut International Cello Competition 2017, 2nd prize in the International Johannes Brahms Competition 2016, and two special prizes at the 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition. She graduated in 2016 from the Liszt Academy of Music, where Miklós Perényi was her mentor. At present she is studying at the Razumovsky Academy in London, under the tutelage of Oleg Kogan. Despite her young age, Dóra Kokas is a highly experienced chamber musician, and started her string quartet playing at seventeen as the cellist in the Kelemen Quartet. This ensemble took first prize in such prestigious events as the Premio Paolo Borciani international string quartet competition, one of the largest of its kind in the world, or the Beijing International String Quartet Competition. Although she decided in 2015 to leave the Kelemen Quartet for a while to concentrate on her solo career, chamber music retains an important role in her life. As a chamber musician she regularly plays together with Joshua Bell, Pekka Kuusisto, Nicholas Altstaedt, Maxim Rysanov, Vilde Frang, José Gallardo or Péter Frankl to name just a few. She’s played on the stage of the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Salzburg Mozarteum, but nevertheless her closest ties are to the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy of Music.

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