Ida Kavafian

College Division

College Division: 

  • Violin, Chamber Music

Contact Information

Contact Information

Born in Istanbul, Turkey

New York debut at the 92nd Street Y with pianist Peter Serkin as a winner of the 1978 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Recipient, 1988 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Founding member of the innovative group TASHI; member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; former violinist of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio. Performs frequently as a soloist, in recital with her sister Ani, and as guest violist with ensembles such as the Guarneri, Orion, Shanghai, and American string quartets. Has premiered many new works, including concertos by Toru Takemitsu and Michael Daugherty; has toured and recorded with jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis, as well as fiddler-composer Mark O'Connor. Founded and directed the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival for 10 years; artistic director of Music from Angel Fire (NM) since 1984. Co-founded the piano quartet, Opus One, and recently co-founded Trio Valtorna with pianist Gilles Vonsattel and hornist David Jolley. Recent recordings include Fire and Blood by Michael Daugherty with the Detroit Symphony and a disc of works by Mark O'Connor, recorded with the composer. Faculty, Curtis Institute of Music and the Bard College Conservatory.

Degrees and Studies

B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School; studies with Oscar Shumsky.

The Juilliard School

Faculty since 2012.