The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is delighted to announce that Professor of Violin András Keller has been appointed Béla Bartók International Chair in recognition of his world class performing career and services to music.
Keller began teaching at the Guildhall School in January 2016 and this is the first UK position he has held. He was head of the Chamber Music Department at his alma mater, the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, from 2012-2015.
András Keller has enjoyed a varied career as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician at the highest international level. His early studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music led to many collaborations with György Kurtág, whose works he has been premiering and performing worldwide since 1978. The recipient of the Premio Franco Abbiati, Liszt Prize, and Bartók-Pásztory Prize, he was named an Artist of Merit of Hungary and was also nominated for the United Kingdom’s Royal Philharmonic Society Award. He founded the Keller String Quartet in 1987 and was also the founder and artistic director of the International Sándor Végh String Quartet Competition. In 2007, he was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Concerto Budapest, formerly known as the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership, Concerto Budapest has earned a reputation as one of the most respected Hungarian touring orchestras, annually presenting over sixty concerts in Budapest, in addition to concerts and festival appearances in China, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States. He is also a prolific recording artist with his recordings being awarded the Caecilia Prix (BE), Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Edison Award (NL), Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros (FR), MIDEM Classical Award (FR), and Record Academy Award (JP).
Keller teaches annually at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and is a regular guest of Yale University’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove. From 2012-2015 he served as the head of the Chamber Music Department at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.
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