Ani Kavafian


Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Detroit, San Francisco, and Seattle symphony orchestras, among others. A renowned chamber musician, she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1979. Her numerous solo recital engagements include performances at New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, as well as in major venues across the country. She also serves as concertmistress of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has recorded the Mozart violin concertos. She has participated in the Heifetz International Music Institute, Music from Angel Fire, the Bravo! Vail Valley and Great Lakes festivals, and the Bridgehampton and Norfolk chamber music festivals.


Ms. Kavafian appears frequently with her sister, violinist and violist Ida Kavafian. With violist Barbara Westphal and cellist Gustav Rivinius, she is a member of the Trio da Salo; and she has teamed with clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist Andre-Michel Schub to form the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio, with whom she tours frequently as violinist and violist. Along with cellist Carter Brey she is co-artistic director of Mostly Music, a chamber music concert series in New Jersey.

Ms. Kavafian has premiered and recorded a number of works written for her. A recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, she was also a Young Concert Artists International Auditions award winner, has appeared at the White House on three separate occasions, and has been featured on many network and PBS television music specials. Her recordings can be heard on the Nonesuch, RCA, Columbia, Arabesque, and Delos labels.
Ms. Kavafian studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. She is professor of violin at Yale University, and plays the 1736 Muir McKenzie Stradivarius violin.