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Grammy award-winning violinist and educator Károly Schranz has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world while mentoring the next generation of classical music luminaries. Schranz co-founded the Takács Quartet in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. The quartet first received international attention in 1977, winning first prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The quartet also won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and first prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet (1978), London International String Quartet (1979), and the Bratislava (1981) competitions. The Takács Quartet made its North American debut in 1982 and has been in residence at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1983.
During his 43-year tenure with the Takács Quartet, Schranz earned numerous awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance (2002), three Gramophone Awards for Best Chamber Music Album, BBC Record of the Year (2005), the Classical Brits Award for Best Chamber Music Album (2005), three Japanese Recording Academy Awards, and the Wigmore Hall Medal (2014), in addition to five Grammy Award nominations and four Gramophone Award nominations. The Takács Quartet was the first string quartet to be inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2012. The Takács quartet was also honored with the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, the Officer’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary, and the Knight’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary.
Schranz has performed over 3500 concerts in cities around the world including Atlanta, Auckland, Basel, Beirut, Berlin, Bilbao, Bratislava, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Copenhagen, Denver, Detroit, Dublin, Graz, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kansas City, Lisboa, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montevideo, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Porto, Riga, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Santiago, São Paulo, Slovenia, Stockholm, Taiwan, Toronto, Vancouver, Venezia, Washington D.C., Wellington and Zurich. He has played sold out performances at some of the most prestigious venues in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall (London), Southbank Centre (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne), Wiener Musikverein (Vienna), Franz Liszt Academy (Budapest), Mozarteum (Salzburg), and the Sydney Opera House.
Schranz previously served as co-founder and instructor of the University of Colorado Graduate String Quartet Program from 2006-2018, where he earned the Excellence in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Work Award, as well as Guest Professor and Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Faculty and Guest Artist at the Music Academy of the West and Aspen Music Festival and School. Additional educational residencies have included the University of Michigan, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley, Carnegie Hall String Quartet Workshop, and the Taos School of Music (NM). The Takács quartet has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Schleswig Holstein, Menuhin Gstaadt, Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart (NY), and Ravinia festivals.
Notable collaborations include All the World for Love, a fourteen-city tour with poet laureate Robert Pinsky combining music and the spoken word, and Everyman, a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winning author Philip Roth and Oscar-award winning actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep combining readings from Roth’s novel of the same name and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”, as well as a long-standing relationship with the Hungarian folk group Muzsikás. Schranz has performed the world premieres of works by Carl Vine, Carter Pann, Daniel Kellogg, Wolfgang Rihm, James MacMillan, and John Psathas and has recorded for the Hyperion, Decca, and Hungaroton labels. His recordings are featured in the Library of Congress.
In addition to his work with the Takács Quartet, Schranz has served as co-concertmaster of the Hungarian National Opera and co-concertmaster of the Budapest Philharmonic. He has served on the juries of the London International String Quartet Competition and the International String Quartet Competition of Geneva, Switzerland. Schranz earned Artist and Teaching diplomas from the Franz Liszt Academy where he studied with Mihály Szücs, György Kurtág, and András Mihály.