A concert violinist since the age of four, Elmira Darvarova (former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, and the first-woman concertmaster in the MET’s history), performs worldwide to great acclaim. A prizewinner of several international competitions (including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow), and a British Council scholar, she studied with Yfrah Neaman in England, with Henryk Szeryng in Switzerland and with Joseph Gingold in the United States. She caused a sensation becoming the first ever woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She toured Europe, Japan and the United States with the MET Orchestra, and was heard on the MET’s live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, CDs and laser discs on the Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI labels. As concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra she has performed with many of the most prominent conductors of all time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber. Appearing in concert halls and at festivals on four continents, she is well-versed in all kinds of genres, having performed opera at the MET, having shared the stage for symphonic and chamber concerts with giants of the music world such as James Levine, Janos Starker, Gary Karr and Pascal Rogé, as well as with tango and jazz legends such as Octavio Brunetti, Fernando Otero and David Amram, and, in collaboration with eminent Indian classical musicians—the superstars of the Sarod—Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan. She has been concerto soloist with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and numerous other orchestras in Europe and America. She has also appeared with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall under James Levine. A documentary film about her life and career was shown on European TV. She can be heard on a number of labels, including Deutsche Grammophon (as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra). She has recorded 2 CDs with legendary double bassist Gary Karr (of 18th-century music by Handel, Cervetto and Barthelémon), an all-Poulenc CD with world-renowned French pianist Pascal Rogé, the Brahms Horn Trio with New York Philharmonic principal horn Philip Myers and the world première recording of Vernon Duke’s violin concerto (written for Heifetz 75 years ago) with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. She is artistic director of the New York Chamber Music Festival, and leader of the New York Piano Quartet, performs with the Delphinium Trio, and in a duo with the acclaimed virtuoso pianist/composer & GRAMMY® winner Fernando Otero. The Strad Magazine has praised her “silkysmooth, voluptuous sound” and wrote of her “intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing”, while Gramophone magazine hailed her “ultraimpassioned, vividly detailed performances”, and featured an interview with her regarding her world première recording of the Vernon Duke violin concerto with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
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