Ani Kavafian


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Violinist Ani Kavafian continues to enjoy a busy career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. A full professor at Yale, she has taught at the Mannes and Manhattan schools of music, Queens College, McGill, and Stony Brook universities. As a soloist, she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, and the Los Angeles and Saint Paul chamber orchestras. With her sister, Ida, she performs around the country in recitals. This past year, the duo performed in Armenia with the Armenian Philharmonic. For over 25 years, she was co-artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society since 1972 and continues to tour the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia with CMS. Ms. Kavafian was a 1979 recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, and has appeared at the White House on three occasions. She was a winner of the Young Concert Artist International auditions and now serves as president of its Alumni Association. Her recordings include Bach's six sonatas with Kenneth Cooper on the Kleos Classics label, Mozart sonatas with pianist Jorge Federico Osorio on the Artek label, and Todd Machover's concerto Forever and Ever with the Boston Modern Orchestra. Ms. Kavafian has been a guest concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony and The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, with which she has been a frequent soloist. Her instrument is the 1736 “Muir-McKenzie” Stradivarius.