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Enlarged Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Triumphant in Romantic Program

November 15, 2015 - Durham, NC

“Waarts instantly impressed with the power of his attack and the purity and warmth of his tone…. the give-and-take between Waarts and section leaders was a constant delight. “
by William Thomas Walker - CNVC - North Carolina
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Violinist Stephen Waarts signs to HarrisonParrott

September 25, 2015

HarrisonParrott is delighted to welcome Dutch-American violinist Stephen Waarts to its roster for general management, working alongside Young Concert Artists in North America.

Full announcement

Artist profile and contact information at HarrisonParrott
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2015 Kronberg Academy Festival

September 26 - October 3, 2015

Stephen Waarts will take part in the 1015 Kronberg Academy Festival.

Kronberg Academy Festival website
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Mozart Gesellschaft scholarship

Sept 2015

Following the 2015 Krzyżowa Music Festival in Poland, Stephen Waarts was awarded the Mozart Gesellschaft scholarship which will see him work with the Bremer Philharmoniker in the 2016/17 season.
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Krzyżowa: The music

August 30, 2015

“…The final piece of the final evening's performance brought out the talents of a young violinist from California, Stephen Waarts, first violinist in Schubert's String Quintet in C major. His playing was keen, sensitive, personal and fluent. He set the pace, he receded into the background when the voice passed to other players, he was supportive and expressive. He knew the piece cold, seldom even glancing at the score. This piece had been rehearsed by Alfred Brendel, who was smiling approvingly after the performance. Although this quintet suffers from being overplayed, that it is capable of being played at such heights, and with such care, proves its greatness. …”
by Stephen Kaye - The Millbrook Independent
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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 SchuberMaurice 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
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Christoph König Leads Brevard Sinfonia with Soloist Stephen Waarts

July 25, 2015
…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
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Awards Concours Reine Elisabeth / Queen Elisabeth Competition

June 2, 2015
Winner of both audience awards presented by the Flemish and French broadcasting authorities
- Prix Musiq'3 du public (Belgian RTBF television)
-VRT publieksprijs (Belgian )
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)
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Reviews Concours Reine Elisabeth / Queen Elisabeth Competition

June 2, 2015

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

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.

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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Menuhin winner Stephen Waarts deftly plays Mendelssohn with SFCO

January 3, 2015

“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.”
SF Classical Music Examiner
By Stephen Smoliar
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Never Too Young to Take On Beethoven and Bartok - Stephen Waarts Debuts at Merkin Concert Hall

December 16, 2014

“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.”
The New York Times
by: Anthony Tommasini
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Teen violinist Stephen Waarts offers imaginative take on classics in local debut

December 10, 2014

“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.”
The Washington Post
By: Robert Battey,
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Upcoming Performances

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Chamber Music at the Curtis Institute of Music - Bartok: Contrasts - Philadephia, PA

Dec. 2, 2015 - 8 pm

Stephen Waarts, violin, Slavko Popovic, clarinet, Chelsea Wang, piano

Field Concert Hall. Curtis Institute of Music
1726 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA

Event website

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Edmonton Symphony Orchestra - Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2 - Edmonton, CANADA

January 9, 2016

Jacques Lacombe conducting.
Enmax Hall - Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Canada
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The European Chamber Music Festival in Krzyżowa - POLAND

August 15 - August 30, 2015
Schubert: String Quintet
Dvorak: String Quintet
Korngold: Sextet
Franck: Piano Quintet
Festival Website
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National Orchestra of Belgium - Bartok / Jarrell - Brussels, Belgium

May 30, 2015
Marin Alsop Conducting
Bartok: Violin Concerto No 2
Jarrell: ...aussi peu que les nuages...
Henry Le Boeuf Hall
Brussels Center for the Fine Arts - Brussels, Belgium
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Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie - Mozart: Violin Concerto No 4 - Brussels, Belgium

May 16, 2015
Paul Meyer, Conducting
Flagey Studio 4 - Brussels
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Queen Elizabeth Competition 2015 - Recital with Thomas Hoppe, piano - Brussels, Belgium

May 16, 2015
Flagey, Brussels
Brahms : Scherzo (F.A.E.) in C minor
Szymanowski : Dryads and Pan (Myths op. 30)
Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4
Waxman/Bizet : Carmen Fantasie

“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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