Tibor Molnár, violin           József Molnár, viola

Károly Lokodi, violin     Elod Zágoni, violoncello

The Tiberius Quartet was founded in 1994 at the Academy of Music in Cluj, Romania under the guidance of Sandor Devich (of the Bartók Quartet). Since 2007 the Tiberius Quartet has been the State String Quartet of the Targu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra, playing thirty concerts each season. The Quartet has played throughout Europe (including at the Concertgebouw, Tonhalle and other major venues) and in Japan, focusing mostly on the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Schubert. Although all were born in the Transylvanian region of Romania where they are citizens, the musicians consider themselves ethnic Hungarians.

The Quartet attended many masterclasses including the International Bartók Seminar (Szombathely, Hungary), the Internationale Sommerakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest (Reichenau, Austria), the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (Aldeburgh, England), and the Orlando Festival (Netherlands) where they met Madame Isabelle Bensa (organizer of the string quartet competition in Bordeaux-ex Evian) who recommended the Tiberius Quartet to the Amadeus Summer Course in London (masterclass with members of the Amadeus Quartet), which they attended four times. Later the Quartet twice attended the Chilingirian Quartet’s masterclass at West Dean Castle, and were invited by Norbert Brainin (leader of the Amadeus Quartet) to his personal masterclasses in Asolo, as well as working privately with Martin Lovett, cellist of the Amadeus.

The Tiberius Quartet had masterclasses at the Liszt Ferenc Academy in Budapest with the Bartók Quartet, and at the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam, completed with the highest possible citations, with the continuous support of Stefan Metz. The Quartet won the Erste Wiener Klassik Preis in Reichenau, Austria with Norbert Brainin, Sigmund Nissel, Sandor Devich, Gunter Pichler and Milan Skampa all on the jury. Recently the Tiberius has been coached by Jerry Horner, retired violist of the Fine Arts Quartet.

At their annual “Tiberius Week” International Chamber Music Festival in Targu Mures, Romania, the Quartet performs with members of the Bartók , Orlando, Chilingirian, and Fine Arts Quartets, as well as with many other guest artists from around the world. Theirs is the only major event of this type in all of Eastern Europe.

Tiberius String Quartet: Individual Biographies

Tibor Molnár, violin

Born in Ghoergheni, Romania, Mr. Molnár began playing the violin when he was five years old and graduated from the Targu Mures School of the Arts in 1994, when he co-founded the Tiberius Quartet. He won prizes in many Romanian male artist violin competitions and played during this period as soloist nine times with the Targu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra. For three summers he participated in the master class at the Hungarian Jeunnes Musicales under Eszter Perenyi. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Cluj, Romania in 1999.

Károly Lokodi, violin

Born in Targu Mures, Romania, Mr. Lokodi graduated from the Targu Mures School of the Arts in 2000. Among the many Romanian young artist violin competitions he won were the 1996 Oradea (First Prize) 1997 Ploiesti (Jury Prize) and the 1998 Calafat Competition (First Prize). He performed during this time four times as soloist with the Targu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Cluj. In 2007 he joined the Tiberius Quartet after five years as first violinist of the Lokody Quartet, which participated in many masterclasses including at West Dean College with the Chilingirian Quartet and at the Tiberius Week Festival with Stefan Metz and Sandor Devich.

József Molnár, viola

Born in Odorhei, Romania, Mr. Molnár graduated from the School of the Arts in Odorhei and performed with the Satu-Mare Philharmonic Orchestra and the Credo Quartet, with which he had many concerts in Europe including Berlin, London, and Budapest, under the guidance of Gabor Ferenc. The quartet represented the Cluj Academy, where he finished his studies, at the Bayreuth International Festival. He became a member of the Tiberius Quartet in 2002.

Elod Zágoni, violoncello

Born in Satu Mare, Romania, Mr. Zágoni is the youngest member of the quartet. He began studying the cello at the age of 13 in Satu Mare. Three years later he continued his studies at the "Sigismund Todu??" Music High School in Cluj-Napoca (Klausenburg) with Gabriela Todor. Later he graduated from the "Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy in the same city under the guidance of Dr. Vasile Jucan. In his final year of studies he was admitted into the Targu Mures State Symphony Orchestra, where he was section co-principal in 2009. He has collaborated with different orchestras and chamber orchestras, including the "Csíki" Chamber Music Orchestra, the "Székelyföld" Symphonic Orchestra from Odorheiu Secuiesc, "Classica" Symphonic Orchestra Cluj-Napoca, and the "Dinu Lipatti" State Symphonic Orchestra Satu Mare. He won First Prize at the "J.S. Bach" national competition in Cluj-Napoca and a Special Prize at the "S. Todu??" international competition there.


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This biography was most recently edited by...
holdik12 - 26 Dec 2019
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