Tiberius String Quartet performing in Piedmont Chapel Oct. 6
The Tiberius String Quartet from Romania is making its debut performance at Piedmont College with music by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Haydn. The quartet has traveled throughout Europe and Japan since being founded in 1994 at the Academy of Music in Cluj, Romania.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Piedmont Chapel on Central Avenue in Demorest. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Piedmont students, faculty, and staff are admitted free.
The four members are Tibor Molnár, violin; Károly Lokodi, violin, Józef Molnár, viola, and Elod Zágoni, violoncello. Since being founded, the quartet has attended many master classes in Hungary, London, Budapest, and Amsterdam. During the master classes, the group works privately with professional musicians to master their trade.
Every year, the Tiberius Quartet hosts their annual “Tiberius Week” International Chamber Music Festival in Targu Mures, Romania, where they perform with quartets from around the world. This is the only event of its type in Eastern Europe.
Group Member Bios
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 young 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 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 international competition there.