Stephen Waarts, violin
Violinist Stephen Waarts has been praised for playing “with technical command and a totally natural sense of musical drama” (Strings Magazine). He has already garnered worldwide recognition, having captured the Audience Prize at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition; First Prize at the 2014 Menuhin Competition; and Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2013 Montreal International Competition.
This season, Mr. Waarts showcases his wide-ranging concerto repertoire, performing Lalo with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky with the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn with the Aiken Symphony Orchestra and the Brevard Philharmonic, and Prokofiev with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall. Abroad, he plays Brahms with Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín in Colombia, Paganini with the South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mozart with the Bremer Philharmoniker in Germany. Mr. Waarts appears in recitals in the U.S. at Del Valle Fine Arts, the Cosmos Club, the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach; in Poland at Salon Christophori and the Krzyzowa Music Festival; and in Switzerland at Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.
Acclaimed from a young age, he has already performed over thirty standard, as well as rarely performed, violin concertos, appearing as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, as well as with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Brevard Sinfonia, the Bucks County Symphony, and with numerous orchestras throughout California. As a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, he performed the Glazunov Concerto with the Brussels Philharmonic in Liège, Brussels, and Bruges, and recitals at Festival Musiq’3 and Juillet Musical d’Aulne. Mr. Waarts has appeared in recital at the Louvre in Paris and is a frequent participant at Music@Menlo, the French Classical Music Festival of Silicon Valley, the Summit Music Festival, and the Orford and Lake George Music Festivals. He has also performed recitals at Arts at Abingdon in Virginia, Morning Musicales in Philadelphia, the Jewish Community Alliance in Florida, the Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh, FPC Concerts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Brownville Concert Series.
As Winner of the 2013 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he made recital debuts last season at the Kennedy Center and Merkin Concert Hall, to rave reviews. Mr. Waarts was also honored with five other special awards, including the Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize, the Sander Buchman Prize, the Paul A. Fish Prize, and the Ronald A. Asherson Prize.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Waarts started his music education with Suzuki violin lessons and piano studies, and studied with Li Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory. He studied with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program, and with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute, where he held the Frank S. Bayley Annual Fellowship. He is currently a Master’s student at the Kronberg Academy in Germany, working with Mihaela Martin.
[Pronunciation: Surname “Waarts” rhymes with “Hearts”]
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