Ida Kavafian

Biography

Born: October 29, 1952; Istanbul, Turkey  
Though born in Istanbul, Ida Kavafian is of Armenian lineage. She is the sister of violinist Ani Kavafian and has often performed with her sibling. The two have appeared together on the Today Show and CBS Sunday Morning. As both a soloist and a member of chamber groups such as Tashi and the Beaux Arts Trio, Ida Kavafian has appeared on many recordings for major labels, including RCA and Philips.

Born in Turkey, Ida Kavafian moved with
Read more her family to the United States in 1956. She showed musical talent very early on and began instruction on the violin at age six with Ara Zerounian in Detroit. She later studied with Mischa Mischakoff, then enrolled at the Juilliard School of Music in 1969, where she studied with Oscar Shumsky and Ivan Galamian. In 1973, Kavafian traveled to Lisbon and took first prize at the Vianna da Motta International Violin Competition. Two years later, she graduated from Juilliard with a master's degree and then co-founded the now-celebrated chamber group Tashi, which consists of Peter Serkin on piano, Fred Sherry on cello, Richard Stoltzman on clarinet, and of course, Kavafian on violin. They would make many notable recordings over the years, including one of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, for RCA. Kavafian concurrently established a career as a soloist, debuting in New York in 1978 with Serkin accompanying, and in London in 1982. Her first major appearance with her sister was at Carnegie Hall in 1983, which, like the debut concerts, received positive notices. Kavafian expanded her career to include performance of jazz compositions when she went on an international tour with an ensemble led by Chick Corea in 1983-1984. From 1989 until 1993, Kavafian was an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society. She became a member once again in 1996, a post she retained through 2002. She was a member of the Beaux Arts Trio from 1992 to 1998 and still performs regularly with the group. Kavafian co-founded Opus One in 1998, a piano quartet whose other members are pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violist Steven Tenenbom (Kavafian's husband), and cellist Peter Wiley (also a former member of the Beaux Arts Trio, who joined the Guarneri Quartet in 2001). In 2002, Kavafian was on the faculty at the Curtis Institute and Mannes College of Music. She and Wiley live in Connecticut, where they also find time to breed show dogs. Kavafian's repertory is broad, encompassing compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn, as well as new works by Wuorinen, Ruth Crawford, and Toru Takemitsu, the latter having composed a concerto for her, which she premiered. Read less
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  • 1.
    Peter Serkin: Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19439713872 Release Date: 06/19/2020   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ferruccio Busoni  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Ruth Laredo,  Rudolf Serkin,  Mieczyslaw Horszowski  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider,  Seiji Ozawa,  Tadaaki Otaka,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Richard Stoltzman: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985389642 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Johannes Brahms,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Jeremy Wall,  Bill Douglas,  Eddie Gomez  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Stoltzman,  Lawrence Leighton Smith,  Robert Salter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Woody Herman & His Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tashi  ... 
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    Resolve - Hindemith Masterworks For Clarinet / Richard Stoltzman
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 5934 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Theodore Arm,  Ida Kavafian,  Steven Tenenbom  ... 
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Tashi
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    The Guarneri Quartet plays Mozart Quartets & Quintets
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 1918042 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ida Kavafian,  Steven Tenenbom,  Kim Kashkashian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
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    David Shifrin & Friends
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3423 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Hartke,  Ellen Taaffe Zwilich,  Aaron Copland,  Aaron J. Kernis
    Performer:  David Shifrin,  Daniel Phillips,  Anne-Marie McDermott,  Theodore Arm  ... 
    Conductor:  Ransom Wilson
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    American Classics - Daugherty: Fire & Blood, Raise The Roof / Kavafian, N. Jarvi, Detroit SO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559372 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Kenneth Thompkins,  Michael Becker,  Randall Hawes,  Ida Kavafian
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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    O'connor: String Quartets No 2 & 3 / O'connor, Kavafian, Neubauer, Haimovitz
    Label: Omac   Catalog: 5639153766 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark O'Connor
    Performer:  Matt Haimovitz,  Mark O'Connor,  Paul Neubauer,  Ida Kavafian
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    Mozart: Complete Viola Quintets Vol 3 / Guarneri Quartet
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7772 Release Date: 06/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ida Kavafian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
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    Rendezvous With Tashi- Hindemith, Foss, Gershwin, Shulman
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7901 Release Date: 06/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Lukas Foss,  Alan Shulman,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  Ida Kavafian,  Theodore Arm,  Steven Tenenbom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
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    Takemitsu: Cantos / Richard Stoltzman
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62537 Release Date: 12/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Ida Kavafian,  Peter Serkin,  David Frost  ... 
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi,  BBC Welsh Symphony
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    American Classics - Harbison: Piano Trio No 2, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559243 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Harbison
    Performer:  Anthea Kreston,  Jason Duckles,  Rieko Aizawa,  John Harbison  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amelia Piano Trio
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    American Classics - Wuorinen: String Sextet, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559288 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Wuorinen
    Performer:  Paul Neubauer,  Ani Kavafian,  Ida Kavafian,  Paul Coletti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,  Group for Contemporary Music,  Tashi
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    Schoenberg: Six A Cappella Mixed Choruses, Etc / Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557521 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Ida Kavafian,  Jennifer Welch-Babidge,  Paul Neubauer,  Fred Sherry  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Sherry String Quartet,  20th Century Classics Ensemble,  Simon Joly Singers
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  • 14.
    An Irving Fine Celebration At The Library Of Congress
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9123 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine
    Performer:  Joseph Holt,  Ida Kavafian,  Ursula Oppens
    Conductor:  Norman Scribner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colorado String Quartet,  Chamber Choir,  Zephyrus
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    Five American Clarinet Quintets / David Shifrin
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3183 Release Date: 12/08/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bruce Adolphe,  Bright Sheng,  Joan Tower,  Ellen Taaffe Zwilich  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Neubauer,  Fred Sherry,  Ida Kavafian,  David Shifrin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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    Baby Needs Mozart
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1605 Release Date: 04/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  Toby Appel,  Theodore Arm,  Ida Kavafian  ... 
    Conductor:  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  Shanghai String Quartet
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    An Old Song Resung - William Parker Sings Ives, Et Al
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80463 Release Date: 07/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Farwell,  Charles Ives,  Charles Wakefield Cadman,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes
    Performer:  William Huckaby,  William Parker,  Dalton Baldwin,  Ida Kavafian
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  • 18.
    American Masters - Irving Fine
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 630 Release Date: 06/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine
    Performer:  Raymond Beegle,  Ann Coons,  William Lyon Lee,  Steve Morrow  ... 
    Conductor:  Gregg Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers
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    American Masters - Ruth Crawford: Wind Quintet, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 658 Release Date: 12/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruth Crawford Seeger
    Performer:  Vivian Fine,  Ida Kavafian,  Joseph Bloch,  Joseph Ostryniec  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lark Woodwind Quintet
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    Intimate Encounters
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3505 Release Date: 12/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  David Shifrin,  Carol Rosenberger,  Allan Vogel,  Kenneth Munday  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orford String Quartet,  Chamber Music Northwest
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  • 21.
    Brahms: Quintets / Shifrin, Chamber Music Northwest
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3066 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  David Shifrin,  Ani Kavafian,  Ida Kavafian,  Steven Tenenbom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Northwest
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  • 22.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Etc / Shifrin, Schwarz
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3020 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Shifrin,  Ida Kavafian,  Theodore Arm,  Toby Appel  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Northwest,  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Rorem: Winter Pages, Bright Music
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80416 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ned Rorem
    Performer:  Andre-Michel Schub,  Fred Sherry,  Ani Kavafian,  Marya Martin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
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  • 24.
    A Portrait Of Frederica Von Stade
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39315 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ambroise Thomas,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Charles Wadsworth,  Joel Del Maria,  Judith Blegen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Bernardi,  Antonio de Almeida,  Julius Rudel,  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Arts Centre Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Complete Viola Quintets Vol 1 / Guarneri Quartet
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7770 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ida Kavafian,  Steven Tenenbom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
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