Welcome to Janos Maté

On the basis of my long experience as an international concertising soloist, giving concert worldwide as a chamber musician, first concertmaster of several prestigious orchestras and pedagogue, I help prepare young musicians for auditions of orchestras, concerts, exams and competitions accompanying them on their way to professional life. I don’t exclude either seriously motivated young and not so young amateur violinists.

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The violinist Janos Maté, who makes guest appearances all over the world, was once described by a music critic as being “a virtuoso who is in command of the entire violinistic art of seduction”. Capable of astounding public and colleagues alike with “His sonorous intensity of sound and expression, his sensual, often elegiac vibrato.”

Born in Budapest and for thirty years a citizen of France, he first studied at the Franz Liszt Academy under Klara Kadar and later under Ivan Galamian at the Julliard School of music in New York, under Ida Haendel in Montreal and André Gertler at the Brussels Royal Conservatorium where, as was also the case in Budapest, he received the Master class Diploma with distinction.

Having won first prize in numerous competitions e.g. the Hungarian Violin Competition at the Franz Liszt Academy, and the Belgian Vieuxtemps Competition where a famous critic wrote: “With him the music lives, it subdues and transcends virtuosity” (Le Soir, Brussels) he bagan a career which would take him on extensive concert tours, not only within Europe, but also to America and Asia.

Janos Maté has been leader of the Munich Radio Orchestra since 1982, but at the same time undertakes solo activities on a grand scale, also spending time playing chamber music – formerly as first violinist of the “Maté Quartet” and for some years now, in the “Dvorak-Trio” which he founded with the pianist Gitti Pirner and the ‘cellist Franz Amann.

A regular guest artist at international festivals, he gives master classes in America, Asia and Europe.

In addition to concert halls, Janos Maté is equally at home in the recording studio. Radio television and CD recordings attest to his mastery. His latest CD recording with the Dvorak-Trio was awarded a prize by Zurich Radio, for the best interpretation, among numerous world famous trios, of a Dvorak trio.

Since 1995 he has directed the “Salon orchestra of the Munich Radio Orchestra”. During their concert tour of Japan, which was recorded by Japanese and German television, they were greeted with ovations from the public everywhere they went.

He is primarius of the “Munic piano quartet”.

International press

Exceptionally fine violinist and musician. His Carnegie-Hall recital was on a high musical level with admirable technic and beautiful tone.
New York Times
Masterly… (Saint-Saens concert)
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
An internationally first class violinist and musician.
String Magazine, Tokyo
His unassuming stage presence is a pleasure to observe, but it is his unerring intonation, excellent technic and beautiful sound that stamps him, as a future headliner.
Globe Democrat, St. Louis, USA
He is not only a virtuoso; he is a magician. He is soaring in inexhaustible nuances, full of sensitivity and passion.
Le Provencal, Festival du Luberon
He knows what he wants and how to obtain it. Every phrase has its special meaning, every nuance its weight. His way of playing is free supple and clear. The quiet and exciting moments are proportioned with adroitness. Mr. Maté sings with a touching lyricism and constructs his passages with premeditation and intelligence. With him the music lives, it sings and moves, it transcends the virtuosity.
Le Soir, Brüssel
Incredible facility!
Nice Matin, Nice
He is a master of his instrument, and is very sensitive. Thus we have heard a beautiful Mozart-play with captivating cadenzas.
Salzburger Volksblatt
An outstanding musician!
Munich Merkur
It is his sovereignty and the perfect ensemble-play, as well as the mastering of separate voices combined with the ideal choice of tempo and the tone-balance and a beautiful tone that makes it a ravishing recording. A first class production, both technically and musically.
Hi-Fi Stereophonie, Germany
Sparkles were flying at this recital. It was however not a superficial fire, but an artistically mastered ardour. There were moments of intimate music-making. This evening was a musical event.
Hi-Fi Stereophonie, Germany
Mr. Maté has played the Vieuxtemps concerto in a stupefying way with an exceptionally warm tone. What brilliant martellés ! He possesses all the qualities to be an international star.
Nieuw Utrechts Dagblad


CD recordings

  • Franz Schubert: Three Sonatas
    Piano accompaniment: Benjamin Rawitz
  • Franz Schubert: String quartetts
    E-flat major, Op. 125 No. 10
    E major Op. 125 No. 11
    Maté Quartet
  • Johann S. Bach: The Art of Fugue
    Maté Quartet and four wind section solists
  • Antonin Dvořák: Piano trios
    g minor Op. 26 & f minor Op. 65
    The Munich Dvořák Trio
  • Antonin Dvořák: Piano trios
    e minor Op. 90 & B-flat major Op. 21
    The Munich Dvořák Trio
  • Romantic short pieces
    Munich Radio Orchestra
  • Zigeunerweisen & Tangos
    Salon Orchestra of the Munich Radio Orchestra
  • From Schumann to Gershwin
    Piano accompaniment: Benjamin Rawitz
  • Carl Goldmark: Suites Op. 11 & Op. 43
    Piano accompaniment: Kazuko Nakagawa
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: 3rd concert in B minor, Op. 61
    Henry Vieuxtemps: 5th concert
    Munich Radio Orchestra
  • Romantic short pieces II. & III.
    Piano accompaniment: Benjamin Rawitz
  • Alexandr Borodin: 2nd String quartet
    Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz
    Maté Quartet

Recordings together with the Munich Radio Orchestra

Jan Koetsier: Duo Concertante for violin, flute and orchestra
Max Bruch: g minor concert Op. 26
Georgi Conus: Concert for violin and orchestra
Camille Saint-Saëns: 3rd concert in h minor Op. 61
Henry Vieuxtemps: 5th concert in a minor Op. 37
Béla Bartók: Rhapsodie No. 1 no. 2
Eugène Ysaye: Poème Elégiaque op.12
Nigel Hess: Ladies in Lavendel
Maurice Ravel: Tzigane
Pablo Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
John Williams: Schindler’s list

Chamber music

Alexander Borodin String quartett No. 2 in D major
Dimitri Shostakowitsch String quartett No. 3 Op.73
Karol Szymanowski Notturne et Tarantella
Joseph Haydn Duo Violin-Violoncello Hob VI.
Eugène Ysaye Poème Elégiaque Op. 12
Robert Schumann Piano Trio in g minor Op. 110
Karl Goldmark: Suite for violin & piano
Suite for violin & piano
Op. 11
Op. 43
Saint-Saëns Sonata I. for violin & piano Op. 75
Guillaume Lekeu Sonata for violin & piano in G major
Poulenc Sonata for violin & piano
Prokofieff Sonata for violin & piano Op. 94a
Leo Weiner Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor Op. 11
Felix Mendelssohn Octet Op. 20
Richard Strauss Metamorphose (string septet)


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