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June 2, 2015

Concours Reine Elisabeth/Queen Elisabeth Competition


- Winner of both audience awards presented by the Flemish and French broadcasting authorities
Prix Musiq'3 du public (Belgian RTBF television)
VRT publieksprijs (Belgian Cobra.be )
- Laureate / Prize Winner
- First favorite of “DE ZES / LES SIX” (A panel of six young musicians attending the full competition followed by RTBF and VRT)

Press


...deeply artistic (of the extraterrestrial kind) ... with a rare power of concentration.

..at the outset, the candidate establishes a direct and fruitful contact with Marin Alsop and the Orchestra, a link which will continue throughout the second Bartók concerto. ... an outsized interpretation...

La Libre

A musical prodigious UFO.. unpredictable
Le Soir

There was a complete clarity to Waarts’s modern piece.

..a Bartók that was full of beautiful colours and contrasts, by virtue of a large palette of vibratos and bow speeds…The cadenza of the first movement was spell-binding….in touch at all times with Alsop and trying to galvanise the orchestra
Elbow Music - Ariane Todes

…brought the house down with his final Bartok performance and walked off unusually with both audience prizes, French and Flemish (there’s not much the two halves of Belgium can ever agree upon)

Norman Lebrecht


… most original musical voice amongst the finalists. A master of color, form and musical character, Waarts mesmerized the audience with cries and whispers, the only candidate to spin a true pianissimo

His Bartok emphasized ephemeral, long lines of harmonic meandering over barbaric, folk elements: the king of subtlety and nuance…

Violinist.com - Heather Kurtzbauer

..an impressive performance of the Bartok's second violin concerto…The control and empathy with which this young man already performs this work now gives much hope for a great career.

On Mozart Violin Concerto: A wonderful performance..“He plays in a sophisticated way, sparkling, playful, the second part very tender and the rondeau with much humor.
Wolfgang Heiremans - Music Critic Cobra.be

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March 26, 2015

Violin Channel “Twenty Questions”


By Violin channel
January 26, 2015

Interview - Stephen Waarts: The Young Master


By: Jacqueline Vanesse
Link
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January 3, 2015

Menuhin winner Stephen Waarts deftly plays Mendelssohn with SFCO


By Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Music Examiner
“Waarts displayed well polished sonorities that were consistently executed with cleanliness and clarity. He played through his part as if nothing Mendelssohn had written posed any unmanageable challenge. This was familiar music; but the execution had a freshness to it. This was a reading that seized attention from the opening notes and held it to the final cadence.”
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December 16, 2014

Never Too Young to Take On Beethoven and Bartok - Stephen Waarts Debuts at Merkin Concert Hall


By: ANTHONY TOMMASINI , The New York Times
“Mr. Waarts showed himself a technically accomplished and musically insightful artist, though he was most impressive in Bartok’s extraordinary Sonata for Solo Violin. Mr. Waarts, playing commandingly from memory, balanced passages that evolve in the halting dance idiom of the chaconne with rhapsodic stretches that in this gripping account seemed somberly ruminative. He was comparably inspired in the resolute intricate fugue, the searching slow movement marked Melodia, and the frenetic finale.”
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December 10, 2014

Teen violinist Stephen Waarts offers imaginative take on classics in local debut


By: Robert Battey, The Washington Post
“Stephen Waarts gave an outstanding debut at the KennedyCenter’s Terrace Theater. In a fine program of Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel and Waxman — difficult music, in a range of styles and impeccably rendered — Waarts showed an uncommon, preternatural sense of tonal color and lyrical beauty on the instrument.”

Upcoming Performances

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July 5, 2015
Recital
Musical d’Aulne - Belgium
Details and Tickets
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July 22, 2015
Festival del Sole
Recital with Miles Graber, piano - Napa Valley, CA

More Information

Recent Video / Audio

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June 28, 2015
Recital with Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, piano
Audience Prize Winner Award Recital Queen Elizabeth Competition
Musiq’3 Festival - Flagey, Brussels - Belgium
Schubert: Violin Sonata D576
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2
Kreisler: La Gitane

Podcast
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May 30, 2015
Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2
Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages...

- National Orchestra of Belgium - Marin Alsop Conducting
Salle Henry Le Boeuf - Brussels
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May 16, 2015
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4

Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie
Paul Meyer, Conducting
Flagey Studio 4 - Brussels

“From the first note of Stephen Waarts’ Brahms G Major Sonata I was hooked,
and within a few bars I was moved to tears.”
—The Strad

“Mr. Waarts showed himself a technically accomplished and musically insightful artist”
- The New York Times

“ …difficult music, in a range of styles and impeccably rendered..
Waarts showed an uncommon, preternatural sense of tonal color and lyrical beauty on the instrument.”
- The Washington Post



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