The Kodály String Quartet 


celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Founded  by students of the Ferenc Liszt Academy, Budapest,  the quartet took on the name of the  Hungarian  composer  Zoltán Kodály in 1972.
They have been  ambassadors of  Hungarian string quartet culture both  domestically  and  internationally. In the last few decades they have toured with great success in almost every European country, as well as in the United States, Japan, China, India, Australia and  New Zealand.

„The Kodaly’s rich tone was assured….the playingwas so elegant… a brilliant lesson in the string quartet’s first quartercentury… intelligent ensemble”  The Washington Post

„Immensely satisfying”  The Strad

International critics have been full of praisefor the Kodály Quartet’s numerous (some 70) recordings, including the monumental undertaking of the complete cycles of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert for Naxos.  The interpretation of Haydn’s Op. 64 was called by  Classic CD Magazine „ Best chamber music release of 1993”, Vol. VI of  the Beethoven series was  BBC Music Magazine’s “Pick of the Month” and gave it five stars for both performance and sound, calling it an “extraordinary achievement.”

 „The Kodaly’s playing throughout the last of the Rasumovsky trilogy, op.59/3 in C, is spellbinding. There is an Olympian breadth and intensity here… Op.127 is a triumph for these players.” BBC Music Magazine on the Quartet’s rendering of Beethoven

Octets of Bruch and Mendelssohn received  “10 out of 10” for both artistic and recording quality from ClassicsToday.com.

In addition to its standard classical repertoire the Kodály Quartet regularly includes in its programmes works by Hungarian composers –  Kodály, Bartók, Dohnányi and others.

 

MEMBERS

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Attila Falvay

1st violin

Ferenc Bangó

2nd violin

Zoltán Tuska

viola

György Éder

violoncello

Recordings

In addition to the standard classical repertoire, the quartet regularly performs works written by Hungarian composers such as Kodály, Bartók, Dohnányi and others.

Their records were met by critical applause worldwide. To present the works of  Kodály and other Hungarian composers is great importance for them. That is why they completed the re-recordings of Kodály’s both string quartets in 2014.