“FRENCH MASTERPIECES for VIOLIN and HARP” New York Chamber Music Festival
New York Chamber Music Festival presents on October 24 at 8 pm “FRENCH MASTERPIECES for VIOLIN and HARP” with internationally-renowned violinist (and former MET Opera concertmaster) ELMIRA DARVAROVA and acclaimed French harpist MÉLANIE GENIN, a program of indescribably beautiful gems by Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Ibert, Messiaen, Marais, Berthomieu, and others. Fresh on the heels of their successful concerts in Europe with this splendid program, which included three world premieres in Italy (now they become American premieres) the artists collaborate to enchant music lovers and bring them the highest aesthetic experience. Don’t miss hearing a French harpist perform French masterpieces such as the legendary “Meditation” from Massenet’s opera “Thais”, in tandem with a former MET Opera concertmaster - it doesn’t get more authentic than this!!! FREE ADMISSION
ELMIRA DARVAROVA, violin
GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist, an award-winning performer (Gold Medal at the 2017 Global Music Awards) and a concert violinist since the age of four, Elmira Darvarova caused a sensation, becoming the first ever (and so far only) woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in 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 broadcasts, television broadcasts and CDs for Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI. As concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera she has performed with the greatest conductors of our time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber. She studied with Yfrah Neaman, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng. She can be heard on numerous CDs (including the world premiere of Vernon Duke's concerto with the Vienna Radio Symphony, and a CD with music by René de Castéra, named a RECORDING OF THE YEAR in 2015 by MusicWeb International). She has appeared on the stages of five continents, and has performed concertos with the Moscow State Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony and with numerous European and American orchestras. She has given master classes at many festivals worldwide and has shared the stage for symphonic and chamber performances with music giants such as James Levine, Janos Starker, Gary Karr, Pascal Rogé. A documentary film about her was shown on European television. She performs with the New York Piano Quartet, the Delphinium Trio, the Quinteto del Fuego, the Amram Ensemble, and in a duo with pianist Fernando Otero. She is Jury President of several international chamber music competitions in Europe. She is Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival. Praised by The STRAD for her “intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing" and "silky-smooth voluptuous tone”, she was featured in a Gramophone Magazine article about her world-premiere recording with the Vienna Radio Symphony of Vernon Duke's concerto (written for Heifetz in 1940). More info at: elmiradarvarova.com
MÉLANIE GENIN, harp
Hailed as a “singular harp virtuoso” Mélanie Genin is known for her “desire to re-shape and re-invent classical music”. Since her solo debut at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Genin has performed in the world’s most prestigious halls, including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall London, KKL Luzern, Avery Fisher Hall, and Théâtre des Champs Elysées, under conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Mark Elder, Alan Gilbert, Pablos Heras-Casado, and Leonard Slatkin.
Away from the stage, Ms. Genin explores art therapy through her project “Harpe Porte à Porte”, where she performs at the bedside of sick children, cancer sufferers and the terminally ill.
Ms. Genin received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. She subsequently studied at both The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music in New York. In 2014 she was named the only harpist finalist of the Concert Artist Guild competition in New York.
The highlights of Ms. Genin’s 2016-2017 season include her chamber music debut at Lincoln Center, the Concertino for Harp and chamber orchestra by Dohnanyi with the Metro Chamber Orchestra and the Spectrum Symphony in New York, the US premiere of the Triple Concerto for Harp, Guitar, Cimbalom and orchestra by Balint Karosi, the world premieres of two works for flute and harp by Brian Petuch and Ricardo Romaneiro, and the Lincoln Center live premiere of “Emily Dickinson: Portrait of a Poet” with director John Sorensen and former Metropolitan Opera concertmaster violinist Elmira Darvarova.
Active alumni of the Lucerne Festival Academy, she returns to the Festival multiple times this year for the Young Performance project, a collective creation of six musicians. In June, 2017 she performed at the 59th Washington Square Park Music Festival a daring version of Mozart’s Flute and Harp concerto with Oboe player Gerard Reuters. More info at: melaniegenin.com