Instrumentalist - Violin
Acclaim
 
Two guest artists bring gracious spirit to New World chamber program
“Violinist Ani Kavafian has to be one of the music world’s busiest artists. A professor at Yale University, Kavafian is a longtime member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony, member of the touring Trio da Salo and Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio as well as a frequent guest at several chamber music festivals. Kavafian played the crucial violin part and led the Beethoven septet with incisive vigor, her precision and musicianship undiminished. She dug into the melodic lines, adopting a faster, less Mozartean approach to the minuet and bringing a fine sense of contrast and definition to the fourth movement’s variations. Kavafian blazed through the bravura cadenza of the final Presto, seamlessly fusing the reprise of the bubbly, joyous principal theme.”
Lawrence Budmen, South Florida Classical Review
Mozart as a Burnished Bookend, Heartening to Young and Old
“The concert … handily indicated the state of the music society and its roster: a healthy mix of familiar faces and younger players already at a high state of accomplishment.… The highlight was the Andante, virtually an operatic duo for Ms. Kavafian and the violist Paul Neubauer, with warm support from Mr. Beilman and Mr. Eddy, and Lily Francis on viola.”
Steve Smith, New York Times
A Sextet From Mendelssohn, Made for Showing Off
"Smartly conceived for the three instruments, it received a vibrant, colorful performance here by Ms. McDermott, Ms. Kavafian (playing violin) and the clarinetist David Shifrin."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Music Festival's Historic First
Mozart's Piano Quartet in G Minor - Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival

"With Ani Kavafian on violin, Nicholas Cords on viola, Edward Arron on cello, and Jeewon Park on piano, the playing was stirring and flawless and the interplay of the instruments was captivating."

Thomas Bohlert, Easthampton Star
Chamber Music Northwest review: Gets off to thunderous start
"Three of the stalwarts -- violinists Ani and Ida Kavafian and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott -- served as soloists, and their many years of playing together were evident both in their attentive dialogues and in a sort of friendly competition in which they playfully bounced off each other while ramping up the intensity .... Ani Kavafian's slashing, biting bow strokes and McDermott's crashing chords and rapid-fire runs gave a feeling of tense, brittle brilliance."
James McQuillen, Oregonian
The Kavafian sisters play nice

"The older Ani (by three years) and Ida have been playing duets at least since 1983, when they performed together in Carnegie Hall, and less formally years before that. As you might expect, they are remarkably attuned to each other. If chamber music is a conversation, the Kavafian sisters offered a discussion among equals. Neither would allow themselves a secondary role, yet each gave the other space to step forward when the music demanded. While they've undoubtedly played this piece dozens, if not hundreds, of times, they kept it fresh, even surprising, as at the end of the first movement where their musical chat (and the tempo) took an unexpected turn as they approached the final cadence."

James Chute, Sign On San Diego
When Youthful Ambition Was Restrained by Prudence
"The violinists Ida Kavafian and her sister, Ani; the violist Paul Neubauer; and the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt also offered intensely committed performances."
Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times
Similar Tradition, but Translation Required
"The performers - the violinist Ani Kavafian, the cellist Carter Brey and the pianist Anne-Marie McDermott - addressed all the works with clarity and vigor. Ms. McDermott, in particular, was a ball of energy who shaped the piano lines both as parts of lively dialogues and as spurs to drive the violin and cello lines. And in the trios, Mr. Carter and Ms. Kavafian made their dialogues dance."
Allan Kozinn, New York Times
Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn and a Not Very Cooperative Rubber Band
"As first violinist, Ani Kavafian played elegantly in the Intermezzo, in which the violin has a concertolike role. The Scherzo and the concluding Allegro Vivace display typical Mendelssohnian brilliance, vividly rendered here."
Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times
NHSO, Kavafian perform gloriously before small crowd
"Concertmaster Ani Kavafian took center stage as conductor and brilliant soloist in the Violin Concert No. 3 in G Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the way the musicians backed her up here, with crisp, spirited precision, you could conclude that her presence has helped inspire the group during her two seasons as concertmaster. The violinist gloried in the offbeat cadenzas, the unaccompanied solo turns near the end of each movement, and the adagio second movement gave us the violin as an affecting, almost vocal form of communication. A concerto starring Kafavian should become an annual NHSO habit."
David J. Baker, New Haven Register
Evening Of Chamber Music At Norfolk Makes Players, Audience Smile
"Kavafian and Shifrin stood during the performance which gave more intensity and physicality to the sound. It is a pleasure to hear this work played by musicians who know one another so well and who have played together over years. They voiced the opening movement with commanding elegance. They gently marked the breath pauses that articulate sections to avoid the collisions that are common in many performances.

"The mirror-like sounds of the second movement were voiced like incantations. Kavafian smiled at Shifrin as they paused within the final sound of the second movement. Smiles had begun to spread. The finale flew with wild abandon."
Jeffrey Johnson, Hartford Courant
Concert unearths overlooked Mendelssohn gems
"The concerto was given a rip-snorting performance by violinist Ani Kavafian and Tocco, backed by the Biava Quartet and several student groups. The passionate playing helped bury the composer's genteel stereotype."
Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
Concertmaster shows off her soloist chops
"The most delightful moment of the concert was not even on the program. Larionoff acknowledged the enthusiasm of the audience and obliged with an encore, but with a twist: she invited guest concertmaster Ani Kavafian to join her in the Gavotte by Sarasate for two violins and orchestra. The Spanish composer's demands for wizardry from violinists are all the more impressive when they must be synchronized at high speed with two musicians. Larionoff and Kavafian were overflowingly joyful together, and the entire house shared in the happiness."
John Sutherland, Seattle Times
"But Kavafian's and Osorio's performances belong on a Want List, and maybe even on a desert isle; and the recorded sound matches them." Read More...
Fanfare
"Using a sports metaphor, Boughton said that 'for us, getting Ani is like the Los Angeles Galaxy getting David Beckham,' referring to the soccer superstar." Read More...
Donna Doherty, New Haven Register
"After the Saint-Saëns, Ma surprised everybody by drawing the evening's exceptionally fine concertmaster, Ani Kavafian, to her feet for a duo encore: the second movement of Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, played with tremendous wit and rapport." Read More...
Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
"Among the many fine contributions, Ani Kavafian's spectacular fiddling in the Fourth Concerto [Bach's 'Brandenburgs' with chamber Music of Lincoln Center] and her more lyrical playing in the Second were the most memorable."
New York Times
"[Ani] Kavafian is a musician's musician ... she brought a soulful intelligence to her playing that lit up this [Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto] sunny, sweet-tempered, old war-horse at every turn"
Hartford Courant
"The violinist Ani Kavafian ... played beautifully and brought even tiny solos to life. Ms. Kavafian was generous-toned but fine-lined and intense ..."
New York Times
"The two played with impeccable intonation in the many passages in thirds and sixths, and their sense of phrasing was equally unified. The seamless way that they passed ideas back and forth was a pleasure to hear."
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Scott Warfield, Orlando Sentinel
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