Katalin Kokas - violin - viola
Katalin Kokas was born in 1978 in Pécs, Hungary. She began to play the violin at the age of 5. At the age of 11 she attanded the preliminary class of the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and studied with Ferenc Halász and Dénes Kovács. From the age 16 she was awarded full scholarship at the Toronto Royal Conservatory where she studied with Lóránd Fenyves. From 1997 she worked with Eszter Perényi at the Liszt Academy in Budapest where she got her honours degree. She attanded masterclasses of Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág, György Pauk, Dénes Zsigmondy, Igor Ozim, Tibor Varga, Endre Wolf, Jaime Laredo and Leon Fleischer.
After winning many national competitions she has won the First Prize at the Usti nad Orlice International Violin Competition in the Chech Republic in 1994.
In 1996 she won the Concerto Competition in Toronto. She won the Bartók and the Martinu Competitions in Semmering-Austria in 1997-98.
In 1999 Katalin Kokas has won the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and in 2002 she has won the First Prize at the prestigous Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Hungary.
Katalin Kokas -as a violinist or violist - has collaborated with musicians such as Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, Dénes Várjon, Philipp Cassard, Péter Nagy, Thorlief Thedeen, Michael Stern, 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, Vienna, 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. Lately she played a tour in Taiwan with the Taiwan National Symphony, gave a recital in Stuttgart and played the very first violin concerto in the new National Concert Hall in Budapest with Zoltán Kocsis and the Hungarian National Symphony, the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Currently she is a violin professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.