"Ultra-impassioned, vividly detailed performances" GRAMOPHONE (May 2013)
"Intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly
sensuous phrasing" THE STRAD (November 2011)
"Silky-smooth voluptuous sound..." THE STRAD (Nov. '09)
"Mesmerizing...Razor-edge accuracy..." FANFARE (2009)
"..Flawless technique and musicality...warm, beautiful tone. A night to remember. " THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"......Sweet, flexible tone.......admirably speedy but clearly articulated.........fluid, finely balanced and sharply accented performance." THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 2010
A concert violinist since the age of four, Elmira Darvarova performs worldwide to great acclaim, having won prizes in many international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She studied with music giants Henryk Szeryng and Josef Gingold. The legendary Herbert von Karajan chose her to perform the Brahms Concerto for one of his film projects.
She caused a sensation, becoming the first ever woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She has also led, as concertmaster, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, as well as the Music for Life International Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Elmira Darvarova has recorded for Naxos, Sony, Deutsche Grammophon, Azur Classique, Urlicht AudioVisual, Delphinium Records and Melodiya. She has appeared in recitals and as soloist on four continents, and has performed concertos with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and with numerous European and American orchestras. She has given recitals and master classes at many festivals worldwide, and is the founder and leader of the New York Piano Quartet and of the Delphinium Trio. Elmira Darvarova is Jury President of the Plovdiv International Chamber Music Competition and of the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy. She is also President and Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival.
Photo: David Finlayson