Violinist/Violist Ida Kavafian enjoys an international reputation as one of the most active and versatile musicians performing today. Artist-Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former Violinist of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, some of her many activities presently include performing as a soloist, in recital, with her sister Ani, as guest violist with ensembles such as the Guarneri, Orion and American String Quartets, as Artistic Director of the highly successful festival, Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, and as a faculty member at The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Conservatory of Music at Bard College. With a repertoire as diverse as her career, she has given premières of many new works including concertos by Toru Takemitsu and Michael Daugherty, has toured and recorded with jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis, and has had a solo feature on CBS Sunday Morning. Co-founder of the innovative group TASHI more than thirty years ago, Ida Kavafian more recently co-founded a piano quartet called OPUS ONE.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, of Armenian parentage, she is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she was a student of Oscar Shumsky. She was presented in her début by Young Concert Artists with pianist Peter Serkin and was a winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. When at home either in Connecticut or Philadelphia with her husband, violist Steven Tenenbom, she can be found pursuing one of the most important activities in her life, breeding and training prize-winning Hungarian Vizsla show dogs under the kennel name, Opus One Vizslas. Even in this field, she has enjoyed great success, having bred, trained and owned the Number One Vizsla All Systems in the United States for the year 2003.
Ida Kavafian, Michael Daugherty, Neeme Järvi backstage at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit, Michigan after the world première of Fire and Blood