Ani Kavafian


Violinist Ani Kavafian continues to enjoy a busy career as a chamber musician and soloist. She is also in great demand as a teacher, having taught at the Mannes and Manhattan schools of music, Queens College, McGill, and Stony Brook universities. In 2006 she was appointed full professor in the practice of violin at Yale. She conducts master classes around the country and was a guest lecturer and performer at Indiana University in 2016 and will be conducting classes at Oberlin College during the 2018-19 season. As a soloist, she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, as well as the Los Angeles and Saint Paul chamber orchestra. With her sister, Ida, she performs around the country in recital. This past year, the duo was invited to Armenia to perform with the Armenian Philharmonic. For over 25 years, she was co-artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey. Her association with the Chamber Music Society since 1972 is the longest tenure of any artist of the Society. She 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 their Alumni Association. Her recordings include Bach’s sic 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 was a guest concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra for 3 years and more recently, for the past 8 years, with The New Haven Symphony Orchestra with whom she has been a frequent soloist. Her instrument is the 1736 Muir-McKenzie Stradivarius.

Ani Kavafian has been part of V&B Faculty in 2018.