Faculty Profiles

Ida Kavafian


Violinist/Violist Ida Kavafian enjoys an international reputation as one of the most active and versatile musicians performing today. Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former violinist of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, she presently performs as a soloist, in recital, with her sister Ani, as guest with distinguished ensembles, as Artistic Director of the highly successful festival, Music from Angel Fire in NM for twenty eight years, and as a faculty member at The Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School and The Bard College Conservatory of Music. She has premiered many new works, has 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. Recent recordings include Fire and Blood by Michael Daugherty with the Detroit Symphony and Mark O’Connor’s String Quartets, recorded with the composer. She has toured and recorded with the Guarneri Quartet (as violist) and performed with the Orion, Shanghai and American Quartets. Founder of the Bravo! Colorado festival, which she ran for ten years, co-founder of the ground breaking group TASHI more than thirty-five years ago, Ms. Kavafian also co-founded OPUS ONE, a piano quartet with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violist Steven Tenenbom and cellist Peter Wiley, as well as Trio Valtorna, with hornist David Jolley and pianist Gilles Vonsattel. Born in Istanbul, Turkey of Armenian parentage, she began her studies with Ara Zerounian, continued with Mischa Mischakoff, then graduated from The Juilliard School where she was a student of Oscar Shumsky. She was presented in her debut by Young Concert Artists with pianist Peter Serkin. Married to violist Steven Tenenbom, Ms. Kavafian has found great success in another field, the breeding, training and showing of prize-winning Hungarian Vizsla dogs, including the #1 Vizsla in the US in 2003 and the National Champion of 2007.
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