THE PHILHARMONIC
Judit Kelemen
Judit Kelemen
  • Viola

Judit Kelemen started to play violin when she was 6; only much later was she advised to switch to viola. The warm, melancholic sound of the viola appealed to her immediately. During studying years she won first prize at the Lukacs Pal Viola Competition in Budapest. She finished her studies at Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Budapest, and soon became a member of Festival Orchestra Budapest under the baton of Ivan Fisher.

Seeking a bit of adventure Ms. Kelemen applied for a job in the newly-forming orchestra in Malaysia. She was the viola section co-principal of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra from 1998 till 2008. She worked with world-famous conductors such as Kees Bakels, Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Benjamin Zander, Jiri Belohlavek, Claus Peter Flor, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Kazushi Ono, James Judd and many others. Judit feels she gained most of her orchestral experience during these years. She had many opportunities to play solo performances with her orchestra, her favourite being the famous Sinfonia Concertante by Mozart.

Since her student years Judit never stopped playing in chamber music groups, principally quartets. In her Malaysian life she regularly performed with the Danis Qauertet in Kuala Lumpur and other cities of southeast Asia.
Judit has two children and they moved with her to Doha in 2008 as she became a member of the new Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, which offers together with Qatar itself plenty of enjoyable new experiences.