Cicely's Carnegie Hall Debut
"Cicely Parnas, a fast-rising young cellist, was the impressive soloist in a rhapsodic performance of Saint-Saen's Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor... Ms. Parnas brought velvety sound, articulate passagework and keen imagination to her performance, abetted all the way by Mr. Laredo and his players." Read review.
Cicely 1st Prize Winner at 2012 YCA International Auditions!
Cicely was one of five 1st Prize Winners at the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions held on Saturday, November 10, at the 92nd Street Y! Congratulations, Cicely!
Madalyn Studies at Royal Academy of Music as 2012 Marshall Scholar!
Madalyn joined the elite group of 2012 American Marshall Scholars following her selection for this very prestigious and competitive award. Her studies will be fully funded as a Marshall Scholar while she lives in London and attends the Royal Academy of Music completing her Masters degree in the studio of world renowned violinist and pedagogue György Pauk. Click here to read more!
Portrait of a Violinist
Steve Torres films and interviews American violinist Madalyn Parnas during a NYC concert tour in the spring of 2012.
World Premier - Paul Moravec's Parnas Duo
From 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
"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:
"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... "
Cicely Plays Elgar
Following Cicely’s performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto at Carnegie, she will perform Elgar’s masterpiece for cello and orchestra, Concerto in E Minor, Op.85, with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jaime Laredo. Though this exquisite work was composed in 1919 following WWI, it was not until the great Jacqueline du Pre performed and recorded it in the 60’s that Elgar’s cello concerto was properly recognized as a staple of the repertoire profoundly expressing Elgar’s sorrow and despair following the War. Maestro Jaime Laredo will conduct Cicely in two performances with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra; these performances will be on January 19th at 7:30pm in Burlington and on January 20th at 3:00 pm in Rutland, VT. Buy your tickets now! For more information, select Burlington or Rutland!
duo parnas at El Paso Pro-Musica
duo parnas will be featured at the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival in January 2013. They will be guest soloists with the El Paso Symphony performing La Muse et le Poete conducted by Maestro Lawrence Loh on January 25 and 26. They will perform two chamber music concerts as part of the EPPM Festival on the 27th in El Paso and on the 28th in Las Cruces, NM. At the El Paso Museum of Art on January 24 in a Bach’s Lunch Program, Madalyn will perform the Bach Partita in E Major, Cicely the Bolcom Suite for Solo Cello, and together the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia. World class cellist, Zuill Bailey is the artitistic director of this internationally acclaimed month-long musical event. Come to El Paso in January!!! Click here to see the amazing line-up of artists!!
Madalyn and Cicely Perform with
Under the direction of Maestro Alexander Piquion, the National Orchestra of the Loire Valley will perform six concerts featuring Madalyn, Cicely, and duo parnas as guest soloists. The program opens with Debussy’s Children’s Corner followed by three of Saint-Saens most beloved concertos. The Violin Concerto in B minor, dedicated to Sarasate, will lead the trilogy of works, followed by the Cello Concerto in A minor. The concert finale is the rarely heard double concerto, La Muse et le Poete, so named to describe a sometimes volatile and sometimes contemplative conversation between a writer in need of inspiration and muse, represented by the cello and violin, respectively. All three works are romantic delights with lots of virtuosic excitement! Click here to read more!.
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 conducts guest soloists Madalyn & Cicely in their NYC debut with the New York String Orchestra Read more...