The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

The violist Nils Mönkemeyer, professor of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich will be joining the Kelemen Quartet

11/01/2018

On 16, January, the violist Nils Mönkemeyer will be the Kelemen Quartet’s guest partner within the framework of the concert series At home in the Liszt Academy.

In the 2018 performances of the concert series At home in the Liszt Academy, the Kelemen Quartet will be playing string quartets and the chamber music pieces of Johannes Brahms – born 185 years ago – side by side, drawing thrilling parallels between the various works. The initial composition of their first concert this year – which is third in line – will be Schubert’s Quartet Movement in C minor, the opening movement of an unfished chamber music piece.  Beethoven’s late String Quartet in A minor is a fundamental work of the chamber music repertoire, while Brahms’s String Quintet in G major was composed in mourning for one of his former students, Eduard Marxsen and some other close friends. Brahms, who was in his late fifties at the time, originally meant this chamber music piece to be his final composition, an ultimate, summarising piece of his oeuvre. Its tone, however, is by no means sorrowful; on the contrary, because of its jaunty melodies, a critique and friend of Brahms’s suggested it would be titled „Brahms in the Prater”.  In the closing movement of the composition, Brahms even used some Hungarian elements. This quintet will be performed by the Kelemen Quartet joined by Nils Mönkemeyer, professor of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Despite his young age, the violist has been commended with a most profuse adulation, similarly to his partner ensemble, the Kelemen Quartet. It didn’t take him long to acquire international fame, which has also raised the profile of his instrument, the viola. Under his exclusive contract with Sony Classical, Mönkemeyer, his musical activity has won him critical acclaim and prestigious awards.

 

Nils Mönkemyer. Photo: Irène Zandel

 

Tickets for the concerts of the series At home in the Liszt Academy can also be purchased online:

Nils Mönkemeyer and the Kelemen Quartet – 16 January, 2018

Andreas Ottensamer and the Kelemen Quartet – 24 February, 2018

Aleksandar Madžar and the Kelemen Quartet – 12 April, 2018

 


Since its foundation in 2010, the Kelemen Quartet has been stacking success upon success: has been giving concerts all over the world and has collected numerous internationally recognised awards.  The ensemble has taken to the stages of many a grand concert hall, such as the Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein, the Philharmonie Berlin, and they are returning guests of the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Teatro Fenice in Venice. Within the framework of the five-part concert series lasting until April, the string quartet wishes to show the diversity and multifacetedness lying in this chamber music formation besides pleasing the audience with a number of exciting compositions.

Barnabás Kelemen, Katalin Kokas, Gábor Homoki and László Fenyő are closely connected to their alma mater. They selected the most excellent of Hungarian and international soloists for the series At home in the Liszt Academy.