“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

Festspiele MV awards prizes to international music talents

October, 27, 2107

The decision at the third largest German classical festival has fallen: the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival have announced their award winners this year.

The prize for the soloists, which is endowed with 5,000 euros, is given to the young Dutch-American violinist Stephen Waarts.

Nordkurier, Germany


August 2017

…a performance of Prokofiev's Concerto no.2 in G minor that boasted exceptionally sensitive and eloquent interaction with the orchestra. The music's expressive power was always controlled and his beautiful tone enriched every note. He expertly judged the size and character of the room. A chamber-like but never miniaturised dialogue lent additional distinction to his account.

by MICHAEL FRANCIS - at The Strad
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Unforgettable concert offered by the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra with guest conductor Iván López Reynoso and violinist Stephen Waarts

June, 10, 2017

“….Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra, who, in the hands of the guest director Iván López Reynoso and the renowned violinist Stephen Waarts, achieved an incredible concert that stunned the audience.”

Béla Bartók's First Concerto for violin and orchestra, masterfully executed by the virtuoso international violinist Stephen Waarts, who was given a ovation by the audience for his great interpretation"

Nuestro Enfoque - Veracruz, Mexico
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New Artist of the Month: Stephen Waarts

June 1, 2017

by Bruce Hodges at Musical America Worldwide
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Review: 56 Years Presenting the Best of Young Artists

May 17, 2017

Mr. Waarts was commanding in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor. In the first movement, which begins with a melancholic solo theme for violin, Mr. Waarts tapped into tensions within the Neo-Classical veneer of Prokofiev’s music. He played that melody with warm, soothing sound, but also a hint of anxiety.

That opening movement goes through dramatic shifts, from moments of dreamy lyricism, which Mr. Waarts shaped with melting beauty, to bursts of perpetual-motion busyness, which he dispatched with articulate fervor.

He brought out the slyness beneath the demure surface of the second movement, which opens with a lofty melody over a deferential accompaniment with pizzicato strings. He tore into the rustic Russian-dance finale, playing with bright sound and breathless intensity.

by Anthony Tommasini at the New York Times
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Stephen Waarts - 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipient

March 15, 2017


"Musicians of outstanding ability are such an important part of our culture. But they are like flowers that must bloom at a particular time. They have to be helped at the right moments…" — Avery Fisher

These Grants of $25,000 give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee believe have great potential for solo careers.

Watch announcement and performance
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An Astonishing Violin Debut at the Auburn Symphony

February 21, 2017

"At Sunday’s concert, it (Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto) was played with passion, emotion, warmth, depth, maturity, and impeccable intonation and musicianship even in the hardest sections of playing very fast on more than one string at a time…

This was a performance of rich satisfaction to listen to.

For the first time ever at an ASO performance, the soloist played an encore…Not a fireworks showoff piece, but a meditative quiet one, spare and lovely."

by Philippa Kiraly - The SunBreak, Seattle

Selections from the Curtis Institute of Music, available online at WHYY

First aired on February 19, 2017

Recorded live on April 5, 2016 at the Curtis Institute of Music

Bartók: Sonata No. 2
Ysaye: Sonata in G minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Massenet: “Méditation” from Thaïs, transcr. Marsick
Kreisler: La Gitana
Ravel: Tzigane, rapsodie de concert
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Beethoven mit geballter Faust Mozart-Matinee mit Stipendiat Stephen Waarts im Konzerthaus

February 13, 2017

Konzerthaus Dortmund
Bremer Philharmoniker with Markus Poschner in Mozart Concerto no. 4

“…has a vigorous, energetic stroke and a very advanced technique. And when, as in the second movement, he sings the music with silver tone, it sounds elegant and cultured. His sensitive structure in this andante cantabile suited the encore, the "dance of shades" from the second solo sonata by Eugene Ysaye.”

Ruhr Nachrichten - Dortmunder Kultur
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Bremer Philharmoniker bescheren Konzert auf höchstem Niveau

February 12, 2017

Saalbau Witten
Bremer Philharmoniker with Markus Poschner in Mozart Concerto no. 4

“The slender, tall young man was instantly liked through his modest appearance and his light violin tone, which nevertheless did not lack any substance. His interpretation of Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 4 in D major succeeded in the typically floating, sensual style of the Viennese classics"

by Peter Tölke - Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ)
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