Classicus Quartet

Classicus Quartet (József Rácz and Réka Baksai on violins, Péter Tornyai on viola and Tamás Zétényi playing cello) is a string quartet dedicated to the string quartet repertoire from Haydn to Bartók, occasionally exploring lesser known masterworks, and putting a great emphasis on contemporary pieces.



Ever since Classicus Ensemble was founded, its members occasionally have performed compositions for a string quartet, too. Tamás Zétényi (cello) and Péter Tornyai (viola) have been permanent members of the line-up, joined by various violinists for one or more concerts in the course of the first four years.

The quartet received education and great momentum at the summer festivals of Nagymaros under the tutoring of Balázs Arnóth. The current line-up was formed in 2015, with József Rácz playing first violin (he has given concerts with the Classicus Ensemble on previous occasions), and Réka Baksai playing the second violin. The quartet has worked regularly since then, attending the lectures of the renowned musicologist and Bartók expert László Somfai and consulting with him on Bartók’s quartets.

Our recent performances include the premier of László Dobszay’s string quartet, a concert at the Bartók Festival in Ankara, a concert at the Esterházy Palace in Fertőd, appearances at CEU, and many more.