András Keller

Violinist, founder of the Keller Quartet, music director of Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Violin and Béla Bartók International Chair at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

András Keller has enjoyed a varied career as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician at the highest international level. 

His early studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest led to many collaborations with György Kurtág, whose works he has been premiering and performing worldwide since 1978.
He has also enjoyed working intensively with Ferenc Rados and, until his death, Sándor Végh.

András Keller founded the Keller String Quartet in 1987, and has since given master classes and concerts throughout the world. He is regular coach at Aix-en-Provence Festival, returning guest of Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and IMS Prussia Cove. As both chamber musician and soloist, he has appeared in every European country, playing in many prestigious venues and festivals, including Edinburgh, Lucerne, Aldeburgh, Schleswig Holstein and the BBC Proms. Outside Europe, András Keller has been invited to both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, New York, the Washington Library of Congress and many cities in Japan, China, Korea.
During his career he has worked with world-renowned artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Tabea Zimmerman, Truls Mørk, Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, Evgeni Koroliov, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Lubimov, Juliane Banse, Anna Vinnitskaya, Vadim Repin, Isabelle Faust and Steven Kovacevic.

András Keller has won numerous awards including a MIDEM Classical Award, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, a Record Academy Award in Japan, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in France, the Caecilia Prize in Belgium, and he received a UK nomination for the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. He also received Edison Award and Premio Abbiati besides Merit Artist of Hungary, Liszt Ferenc Prize and Bartók-Pásztory Prize.

András Keller was the Artistic Director of the Arcus Temporum Festival in Pannonhalma between 2004-2010, and was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra in August 2007. Since then, Concerto Budapest has earned its well-deserved reputation as one of the most respected Hungarian touring orchestra.
He was the founder and the artistic director of International Sándor Végh String Quartet Competition.

Between 2012-2015, András Keller was head of Chamber Music Department in Liszt Academy of Music.
From 2016 he is Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 2018 he was appointed there as Béla Bartók International Chair in recognition of his world-class performing career and services to music.

Full list of Prizes

  • Liszt Ferenc Prize (1995)
  • Merit Artist of Hungary (2012)
  • Bartók-Pásztory Prize (2012)
  • Gramofon Prize (H, 2016) Best Record of the Year – Complete piano concertos of Beethoven with Dénes Várjon, Concerto Budapest and András Keller
  • Hubay Violin Competition I. Prize (1983) 
  • ARTISJUS Prize (1984)
  • ARTISJUS Prize (1985)
  • Hungarian National Radio Violin Competition III. Prize (1982)
  • National Violin Competition of Music Schools I. Prize and Grand Prix
  • (Szeged 1972)
  • International Kocian Violin Competition Usti nad Orlici (CZ) II. Prize (1972)
  • International Kocian Violin Competition Usti nad Orlici (CZ) III. Prize (1974)
  • International Brahms Chamber Music competition Hamburg (1983) Special Prize
  • Portsmouth: Bartók Prize (1988)
  • Banf (Canada) International String Quartet Competition) III. Prize (1989)
  • Evian String Quartet Competition (Evian, France) II. Prize and Grand Prix de Critics,
  • Evian City Prize
  • Mozart Prize (1988, 1990 Keller Quartet)
  • Evian String Quartett Competition (1990) I. Prize and Grand prix de Critics,
  • Prize of the French Ministry of Culture
  • Borciani String Quartett Competition (Reggio Emilia, Olaszország): I. Prize and
  • Pro Quartett Special Prize (1990, Keller Quartet)
  • Deutsche Schallplattenpreis 7 times (1993 – 2014) (for interpreting music of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Bartók, Kurtág, Ligeti)
  • Deutsche Schallplatenpreis Grand Prix (1994) (Complete String Quartets of Bartók)
  • Deutsce Schallplattenpreis Grand Prix (1995) (Complete String Quartets of Bartók)
  • Honours of City Bonn
  • Victoire Prix (FR) (Bartók)
  • Record Academy Award (Japan) (2007) Kurtág: Kafka Fragments
  • Academy Charles Cros: Grand prix du Disque
  • MIDEM – Cannes Classical Award (1995) (Complete String Quartets of Bartók)
  • MIDEM – Cannes Classical Award (2007) (Kurtág: Kafka Fragments)
  • Caecilia Prix (B) The Best Chamber Music Record of the Yearaz (2007) (Kurtág: Kafka Fragments)
  • Caecilia Prix (B) Ligeti I - II. Quartets and Barber Adagio (2013)
  • Edison Award (Dutch Record Prize) (2007) Kurtág: Kafka Fragments
  • Premio Abbiati: the Artist of the Year in Italy
  • Gramophon Award (UK) (1997)
  • Royal Philharmonic Society Award Nomination (UK) (2006)
  • Diapason’ D Or (Fr) 3 times
  • Choc Music (FR) 3 times
  • Repertoire 10 (Fr) 9 times
  • BBC Music Magazine: Peak of the Month (UK)   
  • Stereophile (D)                                                           
  • Choc du Mois (Fr)
  • New York Times Best Recordings of the Year (2014) Keller Quartet (Ligeti / Barber)
  • Tais Award (CZ) (2014) Keller Quartet
  • Building a Library/Radio3 (UK) First choice (2015) Keller Quartet Dvorak works
  • ICMA Award Nomination (2016) Keller Quartet: Cantante e Tranquillo
  • ICMA Award Nomination (2017) (Concerto Budapest, Keller Várjon)