photo by Michael Polito duo


<i>duo parnas NOW</i> CD Cover
duo parnas NOW CD Cover

duo parnas NOW Released!

duo parnas NOW, the third album of violin and cello duos, was released on July 21st on the Sheffield Lab label! It is so named to emphasize that only works by living composers were included, allowing for the exciting collaborative process between the composer and the performing artists in all cases. This process establishes the composer's personal signature on their recorded work. Pieces by Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec and Charles Wuorinen, are included in this amazing collection! What an honor to have worked closely with these award-winning composers! The CD insert includes notes by composers themselves, in addition to short bios. Click here to hear a bit of Bolcom and Auerbach!

Cicely Parnas, photo by Christian Steiner

Cicely Earns Rave Review for
"Jolting" Kennedy Center Debut!

"Self-possessed and prepossessing, Parnas is musically poised beyond her 20 years. Her bow-arm is perfection itself, and with it she sculpts phrases of lapidary detail. She already understands that, on a stringed instrument, there is as much beauty to be found between the notes as during them. The clarity of articulation in the passagework and the skill with which she shaped lyrical lines were startling. This was artistry that cannot be taught; the musician simply owns it."   Read review.

--Robert Battey, The Washington Post

duo parnas
Madalyn and Cicely on two week tour with French ONPL

Madalyn and Cicely Earn Rave Review!
Performances with French ONPL Huge Success!

"The duo parnas performing under the direction of Maestro Alexander Piquion and the National Orchestra of the Loire Valley gave an extraordinary concert on Saturday! In their finale performance of Saint-Saëns' La Muse et le Poète, a piece seeemingly written for the American virtuoso wonders, the two sisters held the captivated audience spellbound. The concert opened with Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto in B Minor followed by his Cello Concerto in A Minor. The Parnas siblings held the conquered public breathless throughout their performance, with their artistry and supreme technique."

Portrait of a Violinist
   —Madalyn Parnas

Steve Torres films and interviews American violinist Madalyn Parnas during a NYC concert tour in the spring of 2012.


From The New York Times:

Parnas/Kohlberg Trio

Parnas/Kohlberg Trio photo and review in the New York Times.

"But just before the Shostakovich, the Parnas Sisters, who also perform as the duo parnas gave a stunning account of Martinu's lively, sometimes prickly Duo for Violin and Cello. The intricate give-and-take between the cello and violin lines was perfectly balanced and suffused with the kind of electricity and drama that showed the work - and the players - in the best possible light."   --Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"They have a professionalism that is not glossed or layered for effect... Both of them have a rich, thoughtful approach. There's a purity to their playing."   --Peter Serkin

Sharon Robinson, Jaime Laredo "duo parnas is amazing! They possess the rare combination of passion and fiery technique coupled with sophisticated musicianship and a maturity well beyond their years."  
--Sharon Robinson

    and Jaime Laredo

"They are phenomenally gifted, intelligent, and mature young musicians [...] I remember Leslie Parnas from the early Aspen days when I studied with Darius Milhaud and am thrilled to see his superb musicianship has passed on so stunningly."   --William Bolcom

From The New York Times:

Madalyn Parnas, Cicely Parnas
duo parnas photo and review in the New York Times.

"The duo Parnas gave the piece an electrifying read, couching it in a lush tone and executing its complex interplay with pinpoint precision."   --Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Madalyn and Cicely Parnas each have a sound that can at once evoke brilliance and warmth, and complement each other well; their intonation and ensemble are near-flawless, and they can pivot from a rich sound to powerfully incisive playing with startling ease. Best of all, their thought-provoking playing... "  
--Gene Gaudette

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duo parnas on Asian Tour

Madalyn and Cicely will be on tour in Asia for two weeks in October performing concerts, leading master classes, and presenting programs in educational outreach activities. The highlights of their travels will be participating in the Macao International Music Festival and the Shanghai International Arts Festival. What a wonderful opportunity to share music in this amazing part of world!

Macao International Music Festival

Academy of Achievement Names duo parnas Delegates

Madalyn and Cicely have been chosen, by the Academy of Achievement as innovation and technology delegates, to attend the 2014 International Achievement Summit in San Francisco. At the summit in September leaders of extraordinary accomplishment from diverse fields of endeavor are brought together with exemplary young people, who have outstanding records as innovators, social entrepreneurs and scholars. Recent innovation and technology delegates include Tara Lapinski (1996), Wes Moore (2004), and Taylor Swift (2008).

Maggie Daley, ABC newsman Sam Donaldson, Catherine B. Reynolds, the Rev. Desmond Tutu, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Nicholas Kristof at the 2008 International Achievement Summit

Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert
Proudly Presents the Debut of Cicely Parnas!

As a Young Concert Artist, Cicely's debut recital will be presented at the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert in New York City's Merkin Concert Hall at The Kaufman Music Center on April 23, 2014 at 7:30pm. Performing with pianist, Noreeen Polera, Cicely's program will include Debussy's Sonata, Movement 5 from Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Cassado's Suite for solo cello, From the Zodiac by Peter John, and Brahms' Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op.99. Buy your tickets now!

Cicely Plays Cassado and Brahms
   —with Ran Dank

On YCA Concert Artist's Profile video, Cicely discusses and performs with pianist Ran Dank, excerpts from upcoming recital.

Featured duo parnas NOW
Composer Paul Moravec

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Paul Moravec "A few years ago I was delighted to meet and hear Madalyn and Cicely for the first time in a New York performance of my Passacaglia. With this new work, Parnas Duo, I set out to reflect, as much as possible in a single-movement piece, the wide range of their technical and artistic mastery. The work is dedicated to the Duo with great admiration."
Paul Moravec, recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music, has composed numerous orchestral, chamber, lyric, and operatic works. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia Universities, he has taught at Columbia, Dartmouth, and Hunter College and currently holds the unique position of University Professor at Adelphi University. He has earned the Rome Prize and Guggeheim Fellowships, three awards from the American Adademy of Arts and Letters, and many more distinctions. Click here to read more.

duo parnas with Tim Kantor
Cicely Parnas, Madalyn Parnas, and Timothy Kantor

duo parnas and Timothy Kantor
Make Maverick Concert Debut!

The duo parnas and violinist/violist Timothy Kantor will present a program of string trios at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock NY on Sunday, July 20 at 4:00pm. On the program is Beethoven's String Trio in C Minor, Op.9, No.3, a new work by Andrew Norman entitled The Companion Guide to Rome (2010), and Dohnányi's Serenade in C. Madalyn, Cicely, and Tim have been collaborating since 2010, when they were all students at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Kantor is a member of the Afiara String Quartet. Don't miss this extraordinary concert in this extraordinary venue! For tickets and more information about Maverick Concert's exciting 2014 Season, click here!

See 2014 and 2015 Concert Dates.


Madalyn Parnas performs at Renaissance Musical Arts concert on November 21, 2010 with Yaron Kohlberg.

Cicely Parnas performs at Renaissance Musical Arts concert on November 21, 2010 with Yaron Kohlberg.

Parnas/Serkin Trio opens Music Mountain 81st season on June 13, 2010.

Jaime Laredo, Madalyn Parnas, Cicely Parnas
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Jaime Laredo conducts guest soloists Madalyn & Cicely in their NYC debut with the New York String Orchestra     Read more...

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