A concert violinist since the age of four, Elmira Darvarova performs worldwide to great acclaim, having won prizes at international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She studied with music legends Henryk Szeryng and Joseph Gingold, and Herbert von Karajan chose her for one of his film projects. She caused a sensation becoming the first ever woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She has also led, as concertmaster, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. She has appeared in recitals and as soloist on four continents, and has performed concertos with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and numerous other European orchestras. She has given recitals and master-classes at many festivals worldwide, and is president and artistic director of the New York Chamber Music Festival.