Kremerata Baltica is recording Bela Bartok’s String Quartet Cycle under the leadership of András Keller

In May 2019, we spent an intense week in Vilnius rehearsing and recording Bartok’s String Quartet No.1, op. 7 in A-minor. It is our first step towards recording all Bartok’s quartets in arrangement for string orchestra under the leadership and guidance of András Keller.

András Keller is a renowned Hungarian violinist, conductor and pedagogue with whom Kremerata Baltica has collaborated in many different projects – from learning Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra to a big tour in Asia with Maestro Keller and his orchestra Concerto Budapest.

Early in his life Maestro Keller was introduced to Bartok’s scores by his father and since then there was barely a day for him without his music. At the age of 14 he entered the Liszt Academy of Music where he studied under such masters as György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, Dénes Kovács, Sandor Devich, Andras Mihaly and later continued his studies in Salzburg under the guidance of Sándor Végh. In 1987 the Keller Quartet was founded and its recording of Bartok String Quartets cycle was released to a great critical acclaim in 1995. Now maestro Keller is determined to pass his deep knowledge and understanding of Bartok’s music to Kremerata Baltica.

In January 2018 we spent 10 days in Vilnius with András Keller and Gidon Kremer learning Bartok’s second and fifth string quartets. During the Kremerata Baltica Festival 2018 in Jūrmala we learned and performed the second quartet and now in Vilnius we finally did the first step in accomplishing our goal – recorded the first string quartet.

We invite you to watch the interview with Maestro Keller who speaks about the beginning of this project, Bartok’s quartets and their arrangements for string orchestra, working with Kremerata Baltica and our future plans. Please, subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay in touch with us and know more about upcoming projects!