The Embassy of Hungary and the Embassy Series would like to invite you and your friends to our upcoming event: Concert of Barnabás Kelemen – violin; Péter Bársony – viola and Melvin Chen – piano. The concert is an event of the European Month of culture.
Tickets for the event cost: $75. For further information please check:

"...I was surprised to find that the Hungarian violin virtuoso Jeno Hubay 1858-1937) also played and composed for the viola...It is an enjoyable work...better than many of the other viola concertos I have heard...Barsony is fully up to the technical and tonal demands of the piece, and the Erkel Chamber Orchestra is a polished group that produces a satisfyingly full sound...Peter Barsony is a good violist with consistently good intonation and an even vibrato in every register..."

Joseph Magil, American Record Guide Jan/Feb 2011

"Bársony plays with confidence and ample technique. The recording reproduce faithfully Bársony’s highly personal tone”

Carlos Maria Solare, The Strad

“The piano part, filled with leaping chords and quicksilver runs, is virtuosic, but the dynamic Mr. Chen was its master.”

“a pianist whose playing is powerful and driven"

The New York Times

"His [Chen's] Diabelli easily qualifies for that rarefied niche of performances that can be termed ‘classic’.”

American Record Guide

Péter Bársony was the founding member of the Akadémia and Somogyi String Quartets, was member of the Keller String Quartet and he has been solo viola player of the Concerto Budapest since 2000. He has been invited as a guest principal violist to several great orchestras like Budapest Festival Orchestra, Osaka Century Orchestra. In 2004-2005 he was holder of the Annie Fischer Grant. He has been teaching since 2004. Between 2004-2006 he taught compulsory viola at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Since 2007 he has been member of the UMZE (Chamber Ensemble for Contemporary Music). He holds masterclass frequently, he has been invited to Trinity College, London, Pécs Summer Masterclass, Hungary, Hotchkiss, Lakeville or Bard College, New York. In 2012 Mr. Bársony was awarded the prestigious Liszt Ferenc Prize by the Hungarian Government.In addition to winning the Gold Medal at the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and six of the eight special prizes and also the loan of the 1683 Ex-Gingold Stradivari violin and Tourte bow for four years.

Melvin Chen’s performances have been featured on radio and television stations around the globe, including KBS television and radio in Korea, NHK television in Japan, and NPR in the United States. Solo recordings include Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations on the Bridge label, praised as “a classic” by the American Record Guide, and a recording of Joan Tower’s piano music on the Naxos label. Recent recordings of the Shostakovich piano sonatas and Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice were released to critical acclaim.

Barnabás Kelemen has won prizes at many international competitions including Second Prize at the 1997 Szigeti Competition, First Prizes at the 1999 Mozart Competition in Salzburg, the International Piano Trio Competition in Kuhmo, and Third Prize at the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition. In 2007 he was awarded Grand Prize at the Central European Classical Music Festival.

Venue: Embassy of Hungary, 2950 Spring of Freedom Street, NW, Washington DC

Date: Monday, May 6th at 7:30 pm

To reserve tickets please click here or call 202-625-2361 or contact György Rétházi – cultural attaché – XxFczV3M0MZ3lyZXRoYXppQG1mYS5nb3YuaHU=