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
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 51 & 103
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550346   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Kuhlau: Flute Quintets / Ginevra Petrucci, Kodaly Quartet
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94769 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Kuhlau
    Performer:  Ginevra Petrucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
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    Great Chamber Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501064 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Tamás Szabo,  Gábor Fias,  Attila Falvay,  György Éder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Auer String Quartet,  Villa Musica Ensemble  ... 
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    The Mozart Effect: Music For Little Ones
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 85007 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leopold Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Heinz Schickhause,  János Sebestyén,  Jénö Jandó,  József Balogh
    Conductor:  Peter Maag,  Hans Stadlmair,  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Harald Nerat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Chamber Orchestra,  German Wind Soloists,  Ensemble Villa Musica  ... 
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    Haydn: The Complete String Quartets / Kodaly String Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8502400 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Roman Hoffstetter
    Performer:  János Devich,  Attila Falvay,  Tamás Szabo,  Gábor Fias
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
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  • 5.
    Rejoice - A Vision Of Christ Through Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570980 Release Date: 03/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stainer,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Simon Bailey,  Furio Zanasi,  Ulrich Rausch  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown,  Diego Fasolis,  Jeremy Summerly,  Kenneth Schermerhorn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Clare College Choir,  Swiss Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 6.
    Schubert: Complete String Quartets Vol 7 / Kodály Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557126 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gyözö Máthé,  Janos Fejervari,  Erika Tóth,  Attila Falvay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Kodály String Quartet members
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    The Very Best Of Debussy
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552127 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Pascal Devoyon,  Dong-Suk Kang,  François-Joël Thiollier,  Sjur Bjaerke  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Alexander Rahbari,  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vertavo String Quartet,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Ravel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552125 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  David Abramovitz,  Laurent Naouri,  Howard Zhang  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  Adrian Leaper,  Kenneth Jean,  Takuo Yuasa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 9.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Octets / Kodály Quartet, Auer Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557270 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Zsolt Fejérvári
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Auer String Quartet
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  • 10.
    Discover - Music Of The Classical Era
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558180-81 Release Date: 11/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Roman Hoffstetter,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Kálmán Berkes,  Joseph Payne,  Phoebe Payne  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Uwe Grodd,  Mátyás Antal,  Kálmán Berkes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana,  Failoni Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Beethoven
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552105-06 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Csaba Onczay,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Béla Drahos,  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Nicolaus Esterházy Chorus  ... 
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  • 12.
    Cinema Classics 2005 - Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556814 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam,  Norbert Kraft,  Jénö Jandó,  Yordi Ramiro  ... 
    Conductor:  Will Humburg,  Béla Drahos,  Alexander Rahbari,  György Selmeczi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Failoni Orchestra Budapest,  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Kodály String Quartet  ... 
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  • 13.
    Schubert: Complete String Quartets Vol 6 / Kodály Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557125 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
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  • 14.
    El Efecto Mozart: Música Para Bebés Vol 2
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84391 Release Date: 04/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jószef Balogh,  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Harald Nerat,  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danubius String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana,  Éder String Quartet  ... 
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    Discover - Music Of The Romantic Era
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558155-56 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Ewa Podles,  Idil Biret,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  George Hurst,  Michael Halász,  Jerzy Maksymiuk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Ten Years Of Success - Naxos 1987-1997
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554103 Release Date: 10/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Henrik Philip Johnsen,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Maria Kliegel,  Norbert Kraft,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Anthony Halstead,  Peter Breiner,  Jeremy Summerly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Razumovsky Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 17.
    Chill With Debussy
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556788 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Ellen Sejersted Bodtker,  Berit Cardas
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kodály String Quartet,  Vertavo String Quartet
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    Chill With Ravel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556789 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Nora Mercz,  János Bálint
    Conductor:  Kenneth Jean,  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kodály String Quartet,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Turner: Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558116 Release Date: 03/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Hector Berlioz,  Felix Mendelssohn,  John Field  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Rivka Golani,  Benjamin Frith,  Norbert Kraft  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Johannes Wildner,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Diego Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kodály String Quartet  ... 
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  • 20.
    Schubert: Complete String Quartets Vol 5 / Kodály Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557107 Release Date: 08/19/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
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  • 21.
    Haydn: String Quartets Op 2 No 3 & 5, Op 3 No 1, 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555703 Release Date: 03/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roman Hoffstetter,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
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  • 22.
    Classics Explained - An Introduction To Schubert:
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558075-76 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  István Tóth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
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  • 23.
    The Instruments Of The Orchestra / Jeremy Siepmann
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558040-46 Release Date: 12/03/2002   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Idil Biret,  Tedi Papavrami,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Richard Edlinger,  Takuo Yuasa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Life And Works - Mozart / Jeremy Siepmann, Nicholas Boulton
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558061-64 Release Date: 11/19/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Muzio Clementi,  Gregorio Allegri,  Leopold Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Bloch,  Joanna Borowska,  John Dickie,  Andrea Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Mátyás Antal,  Johannes Wildner,  Barry Wordsworth,  Piergiorgio Morandi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus Bratislava,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 25.
    Schubert: Complete String Quartets Vol 4 / Kodaly Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555921 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Tamás Szabo,  Janos Fejervari,  Attila Falvay,  György Éder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
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