Holiday Shop


Kodály String Quartet

Biography

Active: 1966 - ; Budapest, Hungary
The Kodály String Quartet is one the world's leading veteran chamber ensembles. It traces its origin to 1966 when four students at the famous Franz (Ferenc) Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest founded a student string quartet named the Sebastyan Quartet.

The new chamber organization quickly gained a reputation as something special, and in the same year it was officially recognized with a victory at the Geneva International
Read more Quartet Competition. In 1968, the Sebastyan Quartet won the 1968 Leo Weiner Quartet Competition in Budapest, named after the violinist-composer who was a major teacher in chamber music, and the main advocate responsible for the international fame of Hungarian string quartets.

The Sebastyan Quartet was awarded the "Ferenc Liszt" Award in 1970. In 1980, new first violinist Attila Falvay joined the quartet, resulting in a lineup that would remain the same for over a decade; the veterans were violinist Tamás Szabó, violist Gabor Fias, and cellist Janos Devich. At that time the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and Education granted the quartet permission to change its name to the Kodály String Quartet, honoring Zoltán Kodály, one of the nation's greatest composers. The Kodály Quartet immediately began giving concerts in Europe, the Soviet Union, and Japan, and eventually major music centers around the world. In the 1990s, cellist Devich left the quartet and was replaced by György Éder, a veteran quartet musician and founder of the Éder String Quartet. At the turn of the millennium, Fias left, and the remaining members were joined by a new violist, János Fejérvári.

The Kodály Quartet plays the standard quartet repertory, with an emphasis on Hungarian quartets by such composers as Kodály, Dohnányi, Bartók, and other twentieth-century masters. It undertook a major series of recordings of Franz Joseph Haydn's quartets, for which it won the Classic CD Magazine Award for the Best Chamber Music Release of 1993 for the recording of the Op. 64 quartets. It has recorded for several labels, including Naxos, for which it is working on a cycle of the Franz Schubert String Quartets.

In 1990, the Hungarian government named the group a "Merited Artist of the Hungarian Republic" and in 1996 won the Bartók-Pásztory Award named in honor of the composer's widow, Ditta Bartók-Pásztory. Read less
Mendelssohn, Bruch: Octets / Kodály Quartet, Auer Quartet
Release Date: 04/18/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557270   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $9.99
CD: $7.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $9.99   CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Schubert: String Quartets Vol 2 / Kodaly Quartet
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550591   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $9.99
CD: $7.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $9.99   CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Haydn: String Quartets
Release Date: 07/28/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553983   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $9.99
CD: $7.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $9.99   CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Vol 7 / Kodaly Quartet
Release Date: 02/22/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554592   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $9.99
CD: $7.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $9.99   CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Vol 9 / Kodaly Quartet
Release Date: 06/19/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554594   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $9.99
CD: $7.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $9.99   CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

There are 96 Kodály String Quartet recordings available.

Select a specific Composer, Conductor or Label or browse recordings by Formats & Featured below

or

Formats & Featured



YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In