Upcoming Performances

stephen waarts European Chamber Music Festival in Krzyżowa
August 15 - August 30, 2015
The European Chamber Music Festival in Krzyżowa - POLAND

Schubert: String Quintet
Dvorak: String Quintet
Korngold: Sextet
Franck: Piano Quintet
Festival Website
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October 24, 2015
Bucks County Symphony Gary Fagin conducting
Doylestown, PA

Bruch Scottish Fantasy

Bucks County Symphony website

Recent News

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Young Festival del Sole violinist on the brink of stardom
July 29, 2015

…each and every one in the venue knew they’d seen a young man on the brink of stardom…We loved Waart’s tonal purity, along with his remarkable range of expressive colors..

Waarts caught the dreamy, other-worldly quality of even the simplest phrases, and pianist Miles Graber — who proved a worthy partner throughout the performance — was equally adept at the mood changes and harmonic surprises one expects in Schubert.

Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane…The very talented young violinist offered a jaw-droppingly virtuosic performance of intensity, exoticism and vibrant melody

By L Pierce Carson - Napa Valley Register - Full review
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Christoph König Leads Brevard Sinfonia with Soloist Stephen Waarts
July 25, 2015 - Brevard, NC
…shimmering moments of sheer beauty…Thus completely captivating the audience and after repeated curtain calls, he played a brief encore, the introspective second movement from Eugene Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 4 for solo violin, to thunderous applause.

Laura McDowell, CVNC - The online arts journal in North Carolina

Full review

Stephen Waarts Marin Alsop Belgian National Orchestra Queen Elisabeth Competition
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)

Reviews:

stephen waarts queen elisabeth violin competition 2015 les six first place
stephen waarts queen elisabeth violin competition 2015 with Mohri and Feldman

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

A musical prodigious UFO.. unpredictable
Le Soir

… most original musical voice amongst the finalists…Waarts mesmerized the audience with cries and whispers, the only candidate to spin a true pianissimo…the king of subtlety and nuance…
Violinist.com - Heather Kurtzbauer

..an impressive performance of the Bartok's second violin concerto… gives much hope for a great career.
Wolfgang Heiremans - Music Critic Cobra.be

A very special candidate. There is in him a sort of inner calm that contaminates the whole room during the tests at Flagey. It is graceful, barely whispered sounds at times.
BRTF

There was a complete clarity to Waarts’s modern piece…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
Norman Lebrecht

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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.”

Recent Video / Audio

Stephen Waarts Recital with Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, piano
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
Stephen Waarts Marin Alsop Belgian National Orchestra Queen Elisabeth Competition
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
Stephen Waarts Mozart Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie
Paul Meyer, Conducting
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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