2014 - 2015 Season Performances
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2014-2015 season includes:

Switzerland
New York
Canada
Paris
Washington DC
San Francisco
Philadephia
Silicon Valley
Florida

and other locations.

See upcoming performances for more details

Next Performances

Recital in White March, Virginia

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October 11, 2014

With Chelsea Wang, piano

Location:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, Route 17 in White Marsh

Abingdon Arts Series

Soiree Musicale, Washington DC

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October 21, 2014
Washington Benefit for
Young Concert Artists, Inc.
Hosted by H.E. Ramón Gil-Casares
The Ambassador of Spain

Music from Spain by Sarasate, De Falla, and Granados
With Chelsea Wang, piano

At the Residence of The Ambassador of Spain
Washington, DC

For more information, contact Sarah Graham, Director of Development
at (202) 331-0405

News
March 1, 2014
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 2
with Austin Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Bay
Critical Reviews:

"The orchestra came alive in the second half, where Waarts built exquisite tension and a real sense of a journey."
Strad Magazine (Ariane Todes)


"A shockingly mature, nuanced performance of Prokofiev’s second violin concerto…"
Austin 360

...technical perfection and great beauty of tone… a presence on stage that commands attention… his playing soars over the orchestra…
La Scena Musicale

...a blazing and supremely assured performance... It’s a tricky, moody piece, but Waarts made of it a seamless, gripping episode.
Cleveland.com

Stephen had us hanging on every note
Laurie Niles, Violinst.com
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April 20, 2014
Interview with Violin Channel

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 17 year old American-Dutch VC ‘Young Artist’ Stephen Waarts, in Philadelphia..
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March 15, 2014
Verbier Festival, Switzerland

Stephen Waarts will be part of the Verbier Academy, Verbier, Switzerland, July 15 - August 3, 2014
March 1, 2014
First Prize Senior Winner of the Menuhin Competition, Austin 2004
Stephen Waarts was awarded 1st Prize in the Senior Division. He also received the Bach Prize and the Composer's Prize for Donald Grantham’s new work Black-eyed Suzy.

In addition to the $10,000 1st prize award, he will receive a 1 year loan of a a fine old Italian violin by Christophe Landon Rare Violins as well as international performance opportunities. The $1,500 Bach prize was donated by Robert Masters and the $1,000 Composer's prize was donated by Toyoko Hattori.

The 2014 Menuhin Competition was held in Austin, Texas at the Butler School of Music and Long Center for the Performing Arts. It included among other performances with the Miro Quartet, the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.

This year jury included Pamela Frank (USA), Joji Hattori (Japan/Austria), Olivier Charlier (France), Ilya Gringolts (Russia), David Kim (USA), Brian Lewis (USA), LU Siqing (China), Anton Nel (South Africa/US) and Arabella Steinbacher (Germany)

From the press release: His spell binding performance of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.2 with the Austin SymphonyOrchestra wowed the judges and led Artistic Director Gordon Back to comment:

"If (Yehudi Menuhin) were here tonight, he would be absolutely thrilled as to what happened to this competition. Tonight you have witnessed some of the best playing you'll hear in any competition, in any city, of any age."
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December 18, 2013
Young Concert Artists Inc Recital, New York on WQXR New York Classical Radio
Recorded November 11.
Broadcast by New York's classical radio station WQXR on
The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase presented by Robert Sherman.
Ravel: Violin Sonata (Jungeun Kim, Piano)
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May 2013
2013 Young Concert Radio-Canada people's choice award
Awarded for the performance of the Brahms violin concerto with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Vengerov conducting
More Detail
“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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