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                                ELMIRA DARVAROVA

                    “…Silky-smooth voluptuous tone…” ---  THE STRAD

           “…Enchantingly charismatic…Mesmerizing…”   -- FANFARE

   "...Flawless technique and musicality.....warm, beautiful tone. ....A night to                                     remember."   -- THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"...Sweet, flexible tone.....admirably speedy but clearly articulated account.....
fluid, finely balanced performance."     -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

Elmira Darvarova, former Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (and the first woman-concertmaster in the MET’s history), started playing the violin at the age of 3, gave her first recital at 4, and made her debut as a soloist with an orchestra when she was 8 years old.  She was prizewinner of several international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and studied at some of the best music schools in Europe and America, such as London’s Guildhall School (on a British Council scholarship), the Geneva Conservatory (on a grant from her teacher Henryk Szeryng) and Indiana University, Bloomington (as one of Josef Gingold’s assistants). Elmira Darvarova was chosen by Herbert von Karajan to perform the Brahms Concerto for one of his film projects.  She has led, as concertmaster, major American orchestras, such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Rochester  Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, and the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. In 1989 she caused a sensation, becoming the first ever woman- concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  With the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra she has 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. She has also performed with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.


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