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Ida Kavafian, violin


The versatile violinist/violist Ida Kavafian is an Artist-Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, former violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio, co-founder of OPUS ONE, Artistic Director of Music from Angel Fire and faculty member of both The Curtis Institute and Bard College.Scroll down for full bio and 2013 Festival performances below
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Be sure to hear all of Ida Kavafian’s 2013 Festival performances listed belowMonday, August 12, 6:00 PM at The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Years of Wonder, Chorale & Chamber Stars 1 of 4

Tuesday, August 13, 12:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Orion String Quartet

Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 PM at The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Years of Wonder, Chorale & Chamber Stars 2 of 4

Thursday, August 15, 6:00 PM at The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Years of Wonder, Chorale & Chamber Stars 3 of 4

Monday, August 19, 6:00 PM at The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Years of Wonder, Chorale & Chamber Stars 4 of 4

Violinist/violist Ida Kavafian enjoys an international reputation as one of the most active and versatile musicians performing today. Artist-Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former violinist of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, some of her many activities presently include performing as a soloist in recital with her sister Ani, guest violist with ensembles such as the Guarneri, Orion, Shanghai and American string quartets, Artist Director of the highly successful festival, Music from Angel Fire, in New Mexico for twenty-eight years and as a faculty member at The Curtis Institute and Bard College. With a repertoire as diverse as her career, she has premiered many new works including concerti by Toru Takemitsu and Michael Daugherty, toured and recorded with jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis, as well as fiddler/composer Mark O’Connor, and has had a solo feature on CBS Sunday Morning. Her recording with the Detroit Symphony of “Fire and Blood” by Daugherty was recently released along with Mark O’Connor’s String Quartets, recorded with the composer. During her tenure with the Beaux Arts Trio, the group was nominated for a Grammy and selected as Ensemble of the Year by Musical America. Co-founder of the innovative group TASHI more than thirty-five years ago and founder of the Bravo!Colorado festival, Ms. Kavafian more recently co-founded a piano quartet called OPUS ONE with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violist Steven Tenenbom and cellist Peter Wiley. The group has commissioned and premiered works by George Tsontakis, Marc Neikrug, Lowell Liebermann and Stephen Hartke. Born in Istanbul, Turkey of Armenian parentage, she immigrated to the United States at the age of three. Growing up in Detroit, she studied with Ara Zerounian and Mischa Mischakoff. She earned a Master of Music with honors from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Oscar Shumsky, and was presented in her debut by Young Concert Artists with pianist Peter Serkin. Her violin is a J.B. Guadagnini, and her viola was made by Peter and Wendela Moes in 1988. Residing in Connecticut and Philadelphia with her husband, violist Steven Tenenbom, Ms. Kavafian has found great success in another field, the breeding, training and showing of prize-winning Hungarian Vizsla dogs. The Tenenboms are the proud owners of the Number One Vizsla All Systems in the U.S. for the year 2003 and the National Champion of 2007.