Instrumentalist - Violin

Ida Kavafian enjoys an international reputation as one of the most versatile musicians performing today. With a repertoire as diverse as her talents, Ms. Kavafian has electrified stages as a recitalist as well as a soloist with major orchestras across the globe. For over 25 years, Ms. Kavafian has been the artistic director of the highly successful festival, Music from Angel Fire, in New Mexico. A graduate of Juilliard studying with Oscar Shumsky, she made her NY debut under Young Concert Artists. As the Kavafian Duo, she appears frequently with her sister, violinist Ani Kavafian. Together they have performed in recital as well as with the symphonies of Detroit, Colorado, Tucson, San Antonio, and Cincinnati, and have recorded the music of Mozart and Sarasate on the Nonesuch label. They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NBC’s Today Show and celebrated the 25th anniversary of their first performance together at Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2008. Ms. Kavafian has also appeared in a solo feature on CBS Sunday Morning.

Posted: Feb-24-2014
Latest Acclaim

“Nielsen’s 1923 piece for solo violin [Prelude and Theme] convincingly showed Kavafian’s virtuoso as well as artistic credentials. The piece takes an original theme through eight attractive variations before landing where it began.... Kavafian and [Peter] Serkin brought controlled fires to the romanticism of Schumann’s Sonata No. 2, Opus 121.

“Kavafian and Serkin brought controlled fires to the romanticism of Schumann’s Sonata No. 2, Opus 121.”

— Berkshire Eagle
Posted: Apr-22-2014
Latest Recording

"Michael Daugherty is a wonderful composer, and these three pieces make splendid listening. Fire and Blood is a violin concerto, and a damn fine one. Violin concertos are exceptionally difficult to write, especially in balancing the soloist against a large modern orchestra. Daugherty handles the challenge with aplomb. In the first movement, for example, he keeps the accompaniment light but colorful. Sounds that come across as hackneyed in the hands of other composers, such as harp glissandos or little glockenspiel accents, here sound freshly imagined, while the solo writing offers much that is genuinely lyrical and beautiful. Ida Kavafian puts plenty of heart into her playing, really digging into the tunes while making light of the technical difficulties."

Posted: Aug-1-2009