GRAMMY-nominated recording artist, a concert violinist at the age of four, and an award-winning performer, Elmira Darvarova, became the first-ever and so far only-female concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera New York. With the MET Orchestra she toured Europe, Japan and the United States, and was heard on the MET’s live weekly international radio and television broadcasts. As concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera she has performed with the greatest conductors of our time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber.
Darvarova studied, on a British Council scholarship, with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London, with Josef Gingold at Indiana University in Bloomington as one of his assistants, and privately with Henryk Szeryng.
An award-winning artist (Gold Medal in two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018, at the Global Music Awards, the Gold Quill Award by Classic FM Radio, and the Boris Christoff Medal), and hailed by American Record Guide as a ‘marvelous violinist in the Heifetz tradition’, Elmira Darvarova can be heard on numerous CDs, recorded for several labels (recent releases include the world premiere recording of Vernon Duke’s violin concerto with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and a CD with world-premiere recordings of chamber music by René de Castéra, named by MusicWeb International a Record of the Year in 2015). Several of her albums have also been selected as Record of the Month by MusicWeb-International. Her CDs have won critical acclaim in such esteemed publications as The Strad Magazine, Gramophone, Fanfare, American Record Guide, BBC Music Magazine and Klassik Heute.
She has appeared on the most prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall as soloist with orchestra, and has performed concertos with the Moscow State Symphony, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, and other orchestras.
Well-versed in opera, symphonic and chamber music repertoire, she also performs and records in other genres and styles, including tango, jazz, blues, folk, world music, contemporary/electronic music, Stroh violin, and Indian Ragas.
She has partnered for chamber music performances with Janos Starker, Gary Karr, Pascal Rogé, Vassily Lobanov, with tango and jazz legends such as Octavio Brunetti, Fernando Otero and David Amram, and with the world-renowned Indian classical musician Amjad Ali Khan, with whom she recorded a trilogy of CD albums based on traditional Indian Ragas.
She has recorded two CD albums of Baroque music (world-premiere recordings) with double bassist Gary Karr, and together with him performed Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante in the United States and Canada. She has also recorded four CDs of Astor Piazzolla’s music, two of them with the late great tango pianist and arranger Octavio Brunetti, and performed in a duo with Brunetti at festivals in the US and Europe.
For the Naxos label she has recorded two CDs of chamber music by Franco Alfano (world-premiere recordings). Her recital at Béla Bartók’s memorial house in Budapest was broadcast live throughout Europe. A documentary film about her life and career was shown on European television.
She performs in a duo with GRAMMY-winner, pianist/composer Fernando Otero, and is a founding member of The New York Piano Quartet, the Delphinium Trio, the Quinteto del Fuego and the Amram Ensemble. She is Jury President of several international chamber music competitions in Europe, and president and director of the New York Chamber Music Festival.
Praised by Gramophone for her ‘ultra-impassioned performances’, and in The Strad for her ‘intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing’ and ‘silky-smooth voluptuous tone’, she was featured in Gramophone with an interview about her world-premiere recording of Vernon Duke’s violin concerto (written for Heifetz in 1940), which she recorded recently with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
For more information, visit www.elmiradarvarova.com.