The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre hosted a western classical music concert by the world famous Kodály String Quartet on April 10 at Information Centre Auditorium. The quartet were on their sixth consecutive tour to India with the first performance in Delhi followed by concerts in Pune and Mumbai.
The Kodály String Quartet was founded in 1966 by four students of the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest and it belongs to the worldwide celebrated quartets. The name of this internationally renowned quartet was dedicated in honour of the outstanding twentieth-century Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and Education due to the quartet´s exceptional position. Therefore the Kodály Quartet has set its main objective the authentic interpretation of the works of Zoltán Kodály and gives tremendous importance to the values and traditions that Kodály conceived as essential in musical culture.
Alike Zoltán Kodály, the Kodály Quartet regards himself as a kind of link which broadcasts Hungary´s folk music to people in the whole world.
Kodály Quartet has recorded more than 60 CDs including the complete string quartets of Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert.
They worked together amongst others with Miklós Perenyi, Jeremy Menuhin and Dimitri Ashkenazy. Additionally the Kodály Quartet performed world premieres by contemporary composers such as the Hungarian Emil Petrovics.
In the frame of its 50-year jubilee the Kodály Quartet goes on a grand world-tour in the concert season 2016/2017 and the quartet will play guest perform-ances in the major concert halls. They have been awarded with the most important cultural prize in Hungary, the Art of Hungary Prize.