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February 18, 2015 - 8 pm

Chamber Music at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

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Location: The Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall

Mendelssohn Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12. Stephen Waarts, violin, Marié Rossano, violin, Yoshihiko Nakano, viola Arlen Hlusko, cello
March 12, 2015

Morning Musicales series, Philadelphia

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Recital: Program TBD

Location: The Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall

Morning Musicales, presented by The West Philadelphia Committee, was inaugurated in 1962 and has continued since then without interruption.

Recent News

January 26, 2015

Interview - Stephen Waarts: The Young Master

By Jacqueline Vanesse
January 3, 2015

Menuhin winner Stephen Waarts deftly plays Mendelssohn with SFCO

By Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Music Examiner
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“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.”
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
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Credit: Richard Termine for 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.”
December 10, 2014

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

By: Robert Battey, The Washington Post
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“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.”

November 10, 2014

Violinist Stephen Waarts displays his phenomenal technique in “Gift to the Community’ concert”

By Garaud MacTaggart, The Buffalo News

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“Word must have gotten out into the community about Waarts’ abilities because the room was packed, something that doesn’t necessarily happen when the Bills’ games are televised or played out at The Ralph.”

“Waarts is phenomenal from a technical standpoint and his interpretive skills are already at a high level.”

“The audience left the hall, after a brief encore, fully sated.”

October 3, 2014

Classical Conversations: Violinist Stephen Waarts with Paul E. Robinson

Recorded during the Orford Festival Canada
Youtube Link
“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

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