Philippe Quint and Marta Aznavoorian

January 16, 2019, 12:15 pm

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Philippe Quint, violin; Marta Aznavoorian, piano

Grammy nominated artists violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Marta Aznavoorian present a program of Brahms, Debussy, Schoenberg, and Charlie Chaplin including Smile.

Multi Grammy Award nominee Violinist Philippe Quint has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation. Constantly in demand, he regularly appears at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York and at the most prestigious music festivals such as Verbier, Colmar, Hollywood Bowl and Dresden Festspiele.  “Truly phenomenal” is how BBC Music Magazine recently described him.

NamedArtist-in-Association for 2018/1019 season by Utah Symphony which will include two weeks of performances with the orchestra and a recording for Hyperion label, other highlights of Mr. Quint’s forthcoming season will include a special release of new arrangements of works by Charlie Chaplin for Warner Classics Label, debut with Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Moscow debut with the National Philharmonic of Russia conducted by Maestro Vladimir Spivakov and taking the Chaplin Project on tour with recitals in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, Berlin, London, Utrecht  and Bilbao.

In addition to his award winning discography, the celebrated American violinist of Russian heritage has won worldwide acclaim playing with worlds leading orchestras and conductors. Quints appearances in recent seasons have taken him to the London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony,  Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Weimar Staatskapelle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, China National Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Komische Oper Orchestra, Leipzigs MDR performing under the batons of such renowned conductors as late Kurt Masur,  Edo De Waart, Andrew Litton, Tugan Sokhiev, Ludovic Morlot, James Gaffigan, Carl St. Clair, Michael Stern, Vladimir Spivakov, Cristian Macelaru, Kristian Jarvi,Krzysztof Urbanski,Jorge Mester, Jahja Ling, Krzysztof Urbanski, Carlos Miguel Prieto,Tugan Sokhiev, Tito Munoz, Steven Sloane and Bramwell Tovey.

In the 2016/17 season at the invitation of Maestro Vladimir Spivakov, Philippe opened the 28th edition of theColmar Festival dedicated to Jascha Heifetz with Tugan Sokhiev conducting Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in a performance of Korngold Violin Concerto. He will make his Moscow debut with National Philharmonic of Russia in March 2019 with Maestro Spivakov conducting Brahms’s Violin Concerto.

Philippe Quint plays the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society®.

Born in Leningrad, Soviet Union ( now St. Petersburg, Russia), Philippe Quint studied at Moscow’s Special Music School for the Gifted with the famed Russian violinist Andrei Korsakov. After moving to the United States from Soviet Union in 1991, he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. His distinguished pedagogues and mentors included Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, Masao Kawasaki, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir.

Bio Courtesy of the artist’s website.

Grammy nominated artist Marta Aznavoorian has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.  A Chicago native, she has performed in her hometowns most prestigious venues and tours extensively throughout the world.  She made her professional debut at the age of 13 performing Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor K.491 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center in four concerts of their series.  She has won over audiences appearing as soloist with orchestras internationally including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Conservatory Orchestra, San Angelo Syphony, San Diego Symphony, and the New World Symphony which resulted from a personal invitation from Michael Tilson Thomas who also was her conductor.

Aznavoorian has worked with such renowned conductors such as the Late Sir George Solti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lukas Foss, Henry Mazer, Francesco Milioto, Kirk Muspratt among others. She has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Stravinsky in the Stravinsky International Competition where she was also lauded the special prize for best interpretation for the commissioned contemporary work.  As a recipient of the 1990 Level 1 award in the National Foundation for the Arts Recognition and Talent search, Ms. Aznavoorian became a Presidential Scholar and was invited to the White House where she met former President George W. Bush and performed as soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Aznavoorian is founding member of the Lincoln Trio which Fanfare Magazine has labeled as “one of the hottest young trios in the business”.  The Grammy Nominated trio tours regularly thoughout the world and just celebrated their most resent CD release from Cedille Records called Trios from our Homelands which was also nominated for a Grammy in the best small ensemble/chamber music performance in 2017.

In strong demand as a chamber musician, Ms. Aznavoorian has worked with many artists all over the world and has frequented many festivals including Tanglewood Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor Festival, Hornby Island, Green Lake Festival and she will be making her 9th straight season appearance at the Ravinia Festival in 2017.
A champion and lover of new music, Ms. Aznavoorian has worked with the worlds leading composers including William Bolcom, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Joan Tower, Lera Auerbach, Pierre Jalbert, Stacy Garrop, Laura Schewendinger, and Marta Ptaszynska and continues to collaborate with several of the most innovative composers of our time.

A student of the renowned teacher, Menahem Pressler, Aznavoorian received her bachelor degree at Indiana University and her Masters Degree from New England Conservatory where she studied with the late Patricia Zander.  A passionate teacher and educator, Aznavoorian has  taught and given masterclasses at Universities throughout the United States and abroad, and is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, Artist in Residence at the Merit School of Music in Chicago and Adjunct faculty at the DePaul University School of Music.  Aznavoorian records for Naxos, ARTEC label and Cedille Records.

Bio courtesy of the artist’s website.


Piece in D Minor, by Arnold Schoenberg

Eternally from Limelight, by Charlie Chaplin

Tango, by Igor Stravinsky

Tango Bitterness from Monsieur Verdoux, by Charlie Chaplin

Clair de Lune, by Claude Debussy
arr. Jascha Heifetz

Weeping Willows from A King of New York, by Charlie Chaplin

Falling Star from The Great Dictator, by Charlie Chaplin

Hungarian Dance No. 5, by Johannes Brahms

The Kid Fantasy, by Charlie Chaplin

Smile from Modern Times. by Charlie Chaplin