In 2018, the versatile Ida Kavafian marked her 34th year as artistic director of the acclaimed chamber music festival Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico. A frequent artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for more than 40 years and former violinist of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, Ms. Kavafian currently performs as a soloist; in recital with her sister, violinist Ani Kavafian; as a guest with distinguished ensembles; and as a faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, and Bard College Conservatory of Music. She’s premiered many new works, toured and recorded with jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis as well as with fiddler/composer Mark O’Connor, and had a solo feature on CBS Sunday Morning. She premiered and recorded Michael Daugherty’s violin concerto Fire and Blood with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and, as a violist, she toured and recorded with the Guarneri Quartet and performed with the Orion, Shanghai, and American string quartets. Founder of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado, which she ran for 10 years, and co-founder of the groundbreaking group TASHI more than 40 years ago, Ms. Kavafian also co-founded the groups OPUS ONE and Trio Valtorna. She holds the Nina von Maltzahn Chair in Violin Studies at Curtis, where she was awarded the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Ida Kavafian was born in Istanbul, Turkey, of Armenian parentage and is married to violist Steven Tenenbom. She began her musical studies with Ara Zerounian, continued with Mischa Mischakoff, and then graduated from Juilliard as a student of Oscar Shumsky. She was presented in her debut by the New York City–based nonprofit organization Young Concert Artists with pianist Peter Serkin. Ms. Kavafian has also found great success in another field: the breeding, training, and showing of prizewinning Hungarian vizsla dogs, including the number one vizsla in the United States in 2003 and the national champion of 2007. She has a top 10 silver grand champion vizsla for the year 2018.