World-Renowned Violinist Ani Kavafian,
Violinist ANI KAVAFIAN is in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has performed with virtually all of America's leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Delaware, Detroit, San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis, Utah, Phoenix and Rochester. Her numerous recital engagements include performances at New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall; Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis; and the Krannert Center in Illinois.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Kavafian has appeared around the country with her sister, violinist Ida Kavafian. Together they have performed with the symphonies of Detroit, Colorado, Tucson, San Antonio, and Cincinnati, and have recorded the music of Mozart and Sarasate on the Nonesuch label (#79117-2). Ani Kavafian is in demand at numerous festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Bravo! Colorado, the OK Mozart Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. She is an Artist-Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, touring with them throughout the U.S. and Canada, in addition to performing in their regular series at New York's Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Kavafian is a member of the da Salo String Trio with violist Barbara Westphal and cellist Gustav Rivinius.
Ani Kavafian gave the world premiere of Michelle Ekizian's Red Harvest: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, written for her and performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Ms. Kavafian gave the west coast premiere of Aaron J. Kernis' Double Concerto for Violin and Guitar with guitarist Sharon Isbin and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She also gave the world premiere performances of Tod Machover's Concerto for Hyper Violin and Orchestra with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Henri Lazarof's Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra with the American Composers Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. Ms. Kavafian recorded the latter with the Seattle Symphony.
Ms. Kavafian's list of prestigious awards includes the Avery Fisher Prize and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She has appeared at the White House on three separate occasions and has been featured on many network and PBS television music specials. Her recordings can be heard on the Nonesuch, RCA, Columbia and Musical Heritage Society labels. For the past six years, Ani Kavafian has been the Artistic Director, along with cellist Carter Brey, of the chamber music series in New Jersey "Mostly Music."
Born in Istanbul, Turkey of Armenian decent, Ani Kavafian began her musical studies with piano lessons at the age of three. At age nine, shortly after her family moved to the United States, she began the study of the violin with Ara Zerounian and, at 16, won first prize in both the piano and violin competitions at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. Two years later, she began violin studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, eventually receiving a Master's Degree with top honors. Ms. Kavafian is a member of the faculty of McGill University in Montreal.
Ms. Kavafian resides in Northern Westchester, New York with her husband, artist Bernard Mindich, and their son, Matthew. She plays a 1736 Muir McKenzie Stradivarius violin.
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In addition to his reputation as a recitalist and chamber music partner, pianist SAHAN ARZRUNI has achieved recognition as a composer, lecturer, ethnomusicologist, writer and recording artist. He has toured in these capacities throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Arzruni has become a familiar figure through many television broadcasts, such as Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas Shows. He has been featured in a numbers of PBS specials – Around the World in ’82, Gala of Stars, and A Place of Creams: Carnegie Hall at 100 – and has recorded for European radio networks, including BBC. Mr. Arzruni has given command performances at the White House, as well as the British, Danish, Swedish, and Icelandic Courts.
Motivated by ethnic awareness in the United States, Arzruni continuously researches the musical roots of his Armenian heritage. He recorded a three-record anthology of Armenian piano music, and co-produced an eight-disk set of instrumental and vocal Armenian heritage music. He also delivered papers and organized symposia for such institutions as Harvard University, Columbia University and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. A recipient of the Renaissance Medal, Shan Arzruni is the author of scholarly books and contributor of articles for academic journals; he has also written for various editions of the New Grove Dictionary and the Dictionary of the Middle Ages.
An artist of striking versatility, Sahan Arzruni has performed with Victor Borge, playing the role of straight man in the master’s hilarious musical programs. As a teenage writer, he authored a textbook of music in his native Istanbul. As a performer, he recorded many albums featuring twentieth-century works intended for pedagogic use. Arzruni also hosted a radio program on New Yourk’s Municipal Broadcasting System for five years, addressing the concerned with the didactics of piano playing. A Steinway artist, he was invited to perform on a 1869 Steinway piano at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the inaugural of the centennial celebrations of the Museum’s collection of historic instruments. In 1996, he received from His Holiness Karekin I an encyclical and the St. Sahak and ST. Mesrob Medallion.
Mr. Arzruni holds degrees from the Juilliard School and has pursued doctoral studies at the New York University. He records for Composers Recordings, Inc., Musical heritage Society, Hearts of Space, Philips, Good Music, Varese/Sarabande and Positively Armenian.
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