Katona Twins

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Katona Twins
Background information
Origin Budapest, Hungary
Genres Classical, Tango, Spanish guitar
Instruments Guitar
Years active c.1990 -
Labels Channel Classics Records
Website katonatwins.com
Members Péter Katona, Zoltán Katona

The Katona Twins are a celebrated Hungarian guitar duo, comprising Péter and Zoltán Katona, identical twins. They have performed at prestigious venues and at major music festivals around the world. Their performances and recordings have been widely reviewed by the music press[1][2] and they have been described as "the classical world's best-known guitar duo".[3]

The Katonas' repertoire includes Classical music, Tango and Spanish guitar. They have also adapted and arranged classical works for guitar duo. Their five album releases to date have included works by Handel, Scarlatti, Isaac Albéniz and Ástor Piazzolla. They also perform works by de Falla and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, as well modern composers such as Paco de Lucía, and concerti for two guitars and orchestra by Rodrigo, Vivaldi and Bach.


The identical twins Péter and Zoltán Katona were born in Budapest, Hungary in 1968.

From the age of ten they studied, both individually and as a guitar duo, at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music in Budapest, the Academy of Music in Kassel, and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Tanz (Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts), in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. They also studied under Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.[2][4] Celebrated artists in their own right today, the twins in turn give masterclasses to younger musicians.

They made their Carnegie Hall debut in 1998. The Katona Twins have toured widely, playing in Ireland;[5] they have played at the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London,[2] and at the Cheltenham International Music Festival in 2004, with the London Sinfonietta.[6] Michael Berkeley composed a double concerto for performance by the twins there.[7] Their concert schedule for 2007 included venues in Japan, France, Germany, and the United States.[8]


  • First Prize, "Concours International de Guitarre en Duo", Montélimar, France (1993)
  • First Prize, "International Music Competition for Guitar Duos", Bubenreuth, Germany (1993)
  • Cultural Prize of the City of Kassel, Germany (1993)
  • S. T. Johnson Foundation prize (1995)
  • The Laura Ashley prize (1996)
  • Young Concert Artist Trust auditions in London (1997)[9]
  • Concert Artists Guild Competition, New York (1998)[10]
  • Borletti-Buitoni prize (2004),[7] the trust's first ever award to guitarists.


The Katona twins served as jury members for the 2nd International Guitar Festival Heinsberg 2007[11]


  • Isaac Albéniz, España, Iberia, Mallorca, (1997), Channel Classics CCS 10397 1
  • Joaquín Rodrigo, Concierto Madrigal; Tonadillas, (1998), Channel Classics CCS 16698 1 Reviews: Musicweb, Editor's Choice, Gramophone, Feb 2002[12]
  • Sonatas - Scarlatti & Handel, (1998), Channel Classics CCS 14298 Reviews: The Flying Inkpot
  • Ástor Piazzolla, Le Grand Tango, (2004), Channel Classics CCS 19804 Reviews: Classics Today, Audiophile Audition, Oakland Tribune[permanent dead link] Klassik.com(German)
  • Piazzolla, Mozart, Granados, de Falla
  • J.S. Bach, (2013) Channel Classics CCS SA 34713


  1. ^ "Katona Twins - Press Reviews". Margaret Murphy Management. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "Katona Twins". Peoplesound. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  3. ^ Culshaw, Peter (21 March 2005). "Symphony for two:Twin peaks of classical music". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Concert cycles". Hermana Brauna Fonds. November 2005. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  5. ^ "Katona Guitar Duo 14 - 28 Feb 2002". The Music Network. 2002. Archived from the original on 12 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  6. ^ Clements, Andrew (7 July 2004). "London Sinfonietta, Cheltenham Festival". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  7. ^ a b "Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards 2004". Borletti-Buitoni Trust. 21 March 2005. Archived from the original on 3 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  8. ^ "Dates". Katona. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  9. ^ "YCAT Artists Past & Present". Young Concert Artist Trust. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  10. ^ "Alumni: Past Competition Winners". Concert Artists Guild. Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  11. ^ "Jury". International Guitar Festival Heinsberg. 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  12. ^ "A young hungarian guitar duo show great promise in a recital of Rodrigo rarities". Gramophone. February 2002. Retrieved 2007-03-30.