Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti is recognised increasingly across the globe as a musician of extraordinary quality with a vast expressive range and impeccable technique. In 2014, at the age of 35, Baráti was awarded Hungary’s highest cultural award, the Kossuth Prize, following in the footsteps of revered Hungarian artists such as András Schiff, György Ligeti and Iván Fischer. 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 Verbier Festival. Baráti has played with orchestras such as Zurich Tonhalle, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, 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 19/20 season include debuts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Hallé Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra and at Zarydye Hall with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
Imre Rohmann was born in Budapest, Hungary, commenced piano playing at age of four. He studied at the Bartók Conservatory piano and composition, later at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest piano and chamber-music with Kornél Zempléni, Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág, Andrés Mihály and Albert Simon. 1980-81 conducting with Karl Österreicher at the Music Academy in Vienna. He also took part in master classes of Jörg Demus. Won the Special Prize of the Hungarian Radio's Piano Competition, 3. Prize of The International Liszt-Bartók Competition in Budapest and 1. Prize of the International Chamber-Music Competition in Bloomington (USA).
Since 1974 he has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras such as Dresdner Staatskapelle, Dresdner Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Budapest Symphony, Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra. Ljubljana etc. His partners was such famous musicians as Eugen Jochum, Péter Eötvös, Iván and Ádám Fischer, Jörg Demus, Thomas Riebl, Andrés Keller, Stefan Ruha, Miklós Perényi, Erich Höbarth, Thomas Zehetmair, Andrés Schiff, The Bartók String Quartett, Pro Arte Quartett, Chicago Symphony Chamber Players and many others. He forms since 1985 a Piano-Duo with his wife Tünde Kurucz.
He was piano professor at the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, and since 1990 at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he recently lives. Since his first visit in Japan 1976, he appears nearly in every year as pianist and leads master-classes in this country. (e.g. Toho Gakuen University, Showa University). Since 2001 he is guest-professor of the University of Alcala de Henares, in Spain. He was invited for master-classes to the Int. Bartók-Seminar in 1986, where he participated the following 15 years. He continued this work in 2006. He was one of the iniciator for the establishing of the Auer Summer-Academy for Music in Veszprém (Hungary).
He published his own transcriptions at the Edition Simonffy (Bach, Johann Strauss, Strawinsky, Richard Strauss etc.) He arranged the piano-reduction of Péter Eötvös' Piano Concerto for Schott in 2006. His recordings appeared at Hungaroton, Denon, BMC , Preiser Records.
Since 2002 he is conductor of the Budapest Chamber Symphony.