Artist Bio

Ani Kavafian, violin

Violinist Ani Kavafian continues to enjoy a busy career as a chamber musician, teacher, and soloist and Concertmaster and frequent soloist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She has conducted workshops in Taiwan alongside Leon Fleisher and Arnold Steinhardt, performed and gave master classes for young artists in Korea, and recently recorded a series of master class videos for the Korean company LG. She appears frequently with her sister, violinist Ida Kavafian; they celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their Carnegie Hall debut as a duo in 2008. She tours regularly with clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist André-Michel Schub as a member of the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio. This summer she will be performing at seven festivals including Sarasota, Chamber Music Northwest (Portland, Oregon), Music@Menlo, Bridgehampton, LI, and Saratoga, as well as Music from Angel Fire. Along with David Finckel and Wu Han, Kavafian will be taking part in the first Encounter series at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her recordings include the Bach sonatas with Kenneth Cooper, Mozart sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio, Henri Lazarof’s Divertimento with the Seattle Symphony, Tod Machover’s Forever and Ever with the Boston Modern Orchestra, and the piano trio of Justin Dello Joio with Jeremy Denk and Carter Brey. She has appeared at the White House on three separate occasions for three different presidents. She is a full professor at Yale University and appeared with her students and colleagues at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall during the 2013–2014 season on three different occasions. Ani Kavafian, who plays a 1736 Stradivarius, has been an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1979. She, her husband, artist Bernard Mindich, and their son, Matthew, live in Nashville, Tennessee. 

2017–2018 Music@Menlo Appearances