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Festspiele MV awards prizes to international music talents

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

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Stephen Waarts debuts with the hr-Sinfonieorchester

On 28 September Stephen Waarts debuts with hr-Sinfonieorchester in a livestream performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto. Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Orchestra in a programme also featuring Elgar’s cello concerto. This follows his engagement with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra on 22 September in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4 under Christopher Seaman, and appearances at Prussia Cove and Plush festivals at the beginning […]

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Stephen Waarts debuts at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

This month Stephen Waarts makes his debut at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He performs concerts on 2, 3 and 4 August featuring chamber works by Brahms, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Schumann and Ysaÿe. This will be followed by a performance at Krzyżowa Music and concludes a busy and fruitful season in which Waarts played in the US and made debuts […]

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Unforgettable concert offered by the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra with guest conductor Iván López Reynoso and violinist Stephen Waarts

“….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 […]

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New Artist of the Month for Musical America Worldwide: Stephen Waarts

Violinist Stephen Waarts has been selected as Musical America’s June New Artist of the Month, which spotlights important emerging talent in music. “I often think how strange it is to play the violin,” said Waarts in a recent interview, “although I mostly view myself as incredibly lucky to be pursuing this path.” This comes shortly after Stephen’s performance […]

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Review: 56 Years Presenting the Best of Young Artists

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 […]

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Stephen Waarts (violin)… Orchestra of St. Luke’s- Alice Tully Hall

…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. […]

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Stephen Waarts – 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipient

AVERY FISHER CAREER GRANTS “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 […]

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