“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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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.

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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
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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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