At 22, American violinist Madalyn Parnas has firmly established her place on today’s concert stage having gained attention for her inimitable sound, artistry, and musical vision. The New York Times noted, “Ms. Parnas gave a fiery account… and negotiated this [technical] minefield with assurance and vigor, but she also seized the opportunities offered by this changeable score’s lyrical interludes and fleeting touches of humor.” She has performed internationally as guest soloist with orchestra and in recital, concertized with Peter Serkin as violinist in the Parnas/Serkin Trio, and recorded four CDs under two record labels. As a 2012 Marshall Scholar, Madalyn most recently adds a Masters with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, to a Bachelor’s degree and Artist Diploma.
This year Madalyn has toured France performing the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 with the L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under John Axelrod. She has been a featured performer while in residency at Zuill Bailey’s El Paso Pro-Musica Festival, appearing with the El Paso Symphony multiple times and in numerous chamber concerts. Madalyn has presented many recitals throughout the UK, making her final appearance in the renowned Wigmore Hall. Previously, Ms. Parnas has appeared as soloist with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo, with David Alan Miller’s Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Randall Fleisher’s Hudson Valley Philharmonic, among many others. In addition to her collaboration with Peter Serkin, Ms. Parnas has been honored to perform with Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Maxim Vengerov, Peter Wiley, and Daniel Phillips.
Madalyn’s musical studies began very early in life and included lessons in piano, violin and voice, resulting in numerous top prizes in all three. With her life-long performing partner, sister and cellist, Cicely Parnas, duo parnas earned 1st prize in international chamber music competition at Carnegie Hall. The sibling string duo has performed in recitals and festivals throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, and Israel, including Composers Now! and the American Composers Festival at Symphony Space, Tannery Pond Concerts, Music Mountain, the Banff and Lachine Music Festivals in Canada, Tanglewood, and the ProQuartet Festival in France, among others.
On the Sheffield Lab label, duo parnas has recorded three albums. Parnas Double (2008) and Gare du Nord (2010) have received international recognition, and Gare du Nord was named on Gene Gaudette’s “Top Ten New Releases of 2010.” Their third CD, duo parnas NOW!, due for release in Fall 2013, will feature award-winning composers of the 21st century, including Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and Charles Wuorinen. In 2012, The Other Side of Time, an album of works by composer Brian Fennelly, included duo parnas as the featured soloists with David Dzubay’s New Music Ensemble performing Fennelly’s double concerto, Fantasia Concertante (Albany Records)
Ms. Parnas is a 2012 Marshall Scholar. She earned a Masters Degree in Violin Performance, graduating with distinction from London’s Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with world-renowned violinist, György Pauk. Madalyn holds an Artist Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, earning the Josef Gingold Award and twice receiving the Artistic Excellence Award. She graduated summa cum laude majoring in Music Industry and French from The College of St. Rose. Her teachers include Jaime Laredo, James Buswell, Betty-Jean Hagen, and grandfather, legendary cellist Leslie Parnas. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1715 Alessandro Gagliano violin.
“Madalyn gave a fiery account of Lutoslawski’s “Subito” (1992), a work composed as a test piece for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and packed with technical challenges meant to show which competitors had the goods. Ms. Parnas negotiated this minefield with assurance and vigor, but she also seized the opportunities offered by this changeable score’s lyrical interludes and fleeting touches of humor.”
-- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
“The Sisters Parnas, violinist Madalyn and cellist Cicely, are poised for potential major careers in an increasingly superstar-oriented classical music business. The winsome Stephentown, N.Y. duo made that perfectly clear in their performance with the Albany Symphony...”
-- Berkshire Living
“The Parnas sisters...could just as well have been gazelle and antelope, so thoroughly did they erase programmatic connotations with the suavity and assurance of their playing... They are real talents. There is nothing showy in their playing. Everything is for musical value...”
-- Andrew Pincus, Berkshire Eagle
“Remember the name Madalyn Parnas! Surely, [she] is destined for a long and successful career on the concert stage.”
-- Times Herald Record
“Parnas executed with poise and mastery. Polyphonics of the andante were in hand and easily spent, and notes drawn in her instrument's highest tessatura carried with ghostly effect. A young mistress of the violin...”
-- Kingston Daily Freeman
“It truly was a breathtaking moment. Each soloist played with a flair and zest that seemed way beyond their years, and the sound quality and intonation was truly extraordinary. The result was a resounding standing ovation from the delighted crowd.”
-- Mid-Hudson Times
“teenaged musical phenom” who “showed strong rhythmic precision… captured the lyrical dance… played with much feeling and musicality.. and was not afraid to soar.”
-- Schenectady Daily Gazette