The Kodály String Quartet celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.
The quartet was founded in 1966 by students of the Ferenc Liszt Academy, and named after the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály since 1972. They were and are the ambassadors of Hungarian string quartet culture both internally and on international levels. They toured with great success in the last few decades in almost all European countries, as well as in the United States, Japan, China, India, Australia and New-Zealand. The Kodály Quartet has recorded the complete Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert quartets, among others . Their records were met by critical applause worldwide. To present the works of Kodály and other Hungarian composers is of great importance for them. That is why they completed the re-recordings of Kodály’s both string quartets in 2014.
Ferenc Bangó was born in 1977. From 1987 student of the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest, in Andras Kiss’s class. Later private student of Stefan Ruha and Josef Sívó (Vienna). Master classes with Ruggiero Ricci and György Pauk. Prizewinner of national and international competitions. Leader and soloist of the Chamber Orchestra of the National Philharmonic and the Solti Chamber Orchestra several times. Joined the Kodaly Quartet in 2015.
György Éder studied in Ede Banda’s class at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. After he had completed his degree, further studies led him to the United States and Canada (Yale University, 1978; the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, 1983; University of Wisconsin, 1984-85). He was principal cellist of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and later of the Budapest Festival Orchestra for several years. As a founder member of the Éder String Quartet he has won international competitions ( Evian, 1976; Munich, 1977), and toured in almost every European country, the United States, Australia and New Zealand several times. He made recordings for Hungaroton, Teldec and Naxos labels.
The violinist Attila Falvay was admitted to the Ferenc Liszt Academy at the age of sixteen and pursued his studies under the direction of Professor Snitkovsky. In 1979 he was awarded the Second Prize at the Szigeti International Violin Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in the Hubay Competition. He completed a postgraduate course under Josef Sivo at the Academy of Music in Vienna, and in 1980 joined the Kodály Quartet.
János Fejérvári completed his violin and viola studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest. As a student he attended chamber music classes conducted by György Kurtág and András Schiff, and between 1981 and 1985 was principal violist at the Budapest Opera. He is a founder member of the Budapest String Chamber Orchestra, playing first viola there for years.
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