"...Hairpin clarity..."... "The Latin American rhythms and melodic inflections bathe Darvarova's infinitesimally detailed playing in sunshine" THE STRAD (December 2015)
"Charismatic!" GRAMOPHONE (May 2015)
"Ultra-impassioned, vividly detailed performances" GRAMOPHONE (May 2013)
"Intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing"
THE STRAD (Nov. 2011)
"Silky-smooth voluptuous sound..." THE STRAD (Nov. 2009)
"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 Grammy-nominated recording artist and a concert violinist since the age of four, Elmira Darvarova caused a sensation, becoming the first ever (and only so far) 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, CDs and laser discs on the Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI labels. 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 at the Guildhall School in London (on a British Council scholarship), with Josef Gingold at Indiana Universtiy in Bloomington (as one of his assistants), and, privately, with Henryk Szeryng.
Elmira Darvarova can be heard on numerous CDs, recorded for several labels (recent releases include the world premiere of Vernon Duke's violin concerto with ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and a CD with world premiere recordings of music by René de Castéra, released by the French label Azur Classical and named by MusicWeb International a RECORD OF THE YEAR 2015
She has appeared in recitals and as soloist on five continents, and has performed concertos with the Moscow State Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Grant Park Symphony, and with numerous European and American orchestras. She has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages, such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space in New York; Symphony Hall in Chicago, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Suntory Hall, Bunka Kaikan and NHK Hall in Tokyo; Musikverein in Vienna, Cadogan Hall in London, Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Koncerthuset in Stockholm, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Smetana Hall in Prague, Megaron in Athens, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Kölner Philharmonie, Mumbai's National Center for Performing Arts, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, among many others. She has given recitals and master classes at many festivals worldwide. Well-versed in a lot of genres, she has performed opera at the MET, has shared the stage for symphonic and chamber performances with music giants such as James Levine, Janos Starker, Gary Karr, Samuel Ramey, Pascal Rogé, Philip Myers, Myron Bloom, Anthony McGill, and with tango and jazz legends such as Octavio Brunetti, Fernando Otero and David Amram, and is collaborating with world-renowned Indian classical musicians - the superstars of the Sarod - Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan. A documentary film about her life and career was shown on European television. She is the founder and leader of the New York Piano Quartet and of the Delphinium Trio, performs with the Quinteto del fuego and the Amram Ensemble, and has recently founded a duo with Grammy winner, pianist/composer Fernando Otero. 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. Elmira Darvarova has been praised by Gramophone Magazine for her "ultra-impassioned performances", and in The STRAD for her “intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing" and "silky-smooth voluptuous tone”. In May of 2015 Gramophone Magazine published on its first page an interview with Elmira Darvarova about her world-premiere recording of Vernon Duke's violin concerto (written for Heifetz in 1940), which she recorded with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Photo: David Finlayson