Violinist Ida Kavafian was born in Istanbul. She made her New York debut at the 92nd Street Y with pianist Peter Serkin as a winner of the 1978 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She is a recipient of the 1988 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Kavafian is a founding member of the innovative group TASHI and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She was formerly violinist with the renowned Beaux Arts Trio. She 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. Kavafian has premiered many new works, including concertos by Toru Takemitsu and Michael Daugherty. She has toured and recorded with jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis as well as fiddler-composer Mark O’Connor. Kavafian founded and directed the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival for 10 years. She has been artistic director of Music from Angel Fire (NM) since 1984. She co-founded the piano quartet Opus One and co-founded Trio Valtorna with pianist Gilles Vonsattel and hornist David Jolley. Her recordings include Fire and Blood by Michael Daugherty with the Detroit Symphony and an album of works by Mark O’Connor, recorded with the composer. She is a faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music and Bard College Conservatory. She has been a Juilliard faculty member since 2012. Kavafian received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, where she studied with Oscar Shumsky.