“Young talents need different kind of support to develop their abilities, including their own paths, required by their personalities. In addition to musical and technical preparation, it is important to note that it is impossible to generalize the curriculum in all cases, just as no two hands are the same, plucking the strings of the harp! Being a teacher or a mentor always helps the talented student to target goals and achieve them. The goals set the direction, the focus and the quality, while the requirements define the desired achievement.”
Klára Bábel began her musical studies by learning piano, and at the age of twelve she was admitted to the preparatory school of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. While studying the piano, she was awarded the Sári Bíró Memorial Prize, and won first prize at the Agropoli International Piano Competition, and second prize in Bologna. Later she received her MPA.
She started studying the harp at the age of ten, and was awarded her university degree with honours. In 2007, she was admitted to the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels, and in 2008, she received a special prize at the IV Vera Dulova Harp Competition in Moscow. In 2010 she received the Artisjus award, and in 2010, 2011 and 2013 she was granted the Annie Fischer Fellowship in Performing Arts. In 2009 she was invited to perform with the MÁV Symphony Orchestra, and from 2010 she is the principal harpist of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is completing her doctoral studies, which she began in 2007, at the Franz Liszt Acedemy of Music.
She has made a number of recordings commissioned by the Hungarian Radio, including chamber works by Jolivet and Francaix. In 2015 she received the 1st prize at the VII. International Marciel Tournier harp competition in chamber music category with Zalán László Kovács, finalist at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica Marco Fiorindo internetional chamber music competition with the same duo, in 2016 they won Golden Award at the Svirel International Music Competition. In 2017 she reveived the Festival award from Bach Mindenkinek Festival.
Since 2011 she has been the artistic director of the Sounds of Bábel concerts, which acquaint audiences not only with the classical repertoire for harp, but with forays into the territory of jazz and with the participation of distinguished guest performers present a really wide variety of styles.