Madalyn Parnas
violinist
Madalyn Parnas, photo by Michael Polito


BIOGRAPHY

At 22, American violinist Madalyn Parnas has fixed her place on today’s concert stage as a player who brings a style, artistry, and musical vision all her own to each performance. From The New York Times in this regard, “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.” This past year Madalyn toured France performing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 with the L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under John Axelrod. She was a featured artist-in-residence at the El Paso Pro-Musica Festival, performing with the El Paso Symphony under Lawrence Loh and in numerous chamber concerts. Additionally, Ms. Parnas presented her final recital at London’s renowned Wigmore Hall before departing the UK with her M.A. with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. She will return to debut with the London Philharmonic in the ’14-’15 season.

Madalyn made her orchestral debut at age twelve with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra performing the Kabalevsky Violin Concerto. Though her formal musical studies began at four in piano, voice, and violin, at this time the violin became her voice, and numerous concerto competition prizes led to as many concerto engagements. Ms. Parnas has now performed more than 60 times as soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has appeared with the New York String Alumni Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo, with David Alan Miller’s Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Randall Fleisher’s Hudson Valley Philharmonic, among many others. In addition to her debut with the London Philharmonic next season, Ms. Parnas will perform with the Alexandria Symphony under Kim Allen Kluge, and the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra led by Charles Schneider.

Ms. Parnas began performing chamber music with her life-long musical partner, cellist Cicely Parnas, in 1997, and ten years later the sisters took 1st prize in international chamber music competition at Carnegie Hall. They have concertized with Peter Serkin as the Parnas/Serkin Trio, and collaborated with Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Peter Wiley, and Maxim Vengerov. The duo parnas has performed as soloists with orchestra, in recitals, and in festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Israel. Festival appearances include the American Composers Festival, Tannery Pond Concerts, Music Mountain, Tanglewood, and ShortGrass in the US; Banff and Lachine Music Festivals in Canada; and the ProQuartet Festival in France. Upcoming are debuts at Shanghai Musical Arts Festival while on tour in Asia, the Bravo Music Series in Montreal, and Maverick Concerts.

The duo parnas will release their third album on the Sheffield Lab label this summer. duo parnas NOW features award-winning composers of the 21st century, including Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and Charles Wuorinen. Earlier releases, Parnas Double (2008) and Gare du Nord (2010,) have received international recognition, the latter named on Gene Gaudette’s “Top Ten New Releases of 2010.” On Albany Records, The Other Side of Time (2012), an album of works by composer Brian Fennelly, features the duo as soloists with David Dzubay’s New Music Ensemble in a live performance of Fennelly's double concerto, Fantasia Concertante. The duo also recorded Fantasia Concertante with the Fauxharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra of digital instruments conducted by Paul Henry Smith.

Ms. Parnas is a 2012 Marshall Scholar. She holds a M.A. in Violin Performance, graduating with distinction from London’s Royal Academy of Music, and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she earned the Josef Gingold Award and twice the Artistic Excellence Award. She graduated summa cum laude majoring in Music Industry and French from The College of St. Rose. Her teachers include György Pauk, Jaime Laredo, James Buswell, Betty-Jean Hagen, and grandfather, legendary cellist Leslie Parnas. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1715 Alessandro Gagliano violin. Last updated: 02/07/2014


REVIEWS

“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


REPERTOIRE WITH ORCHESTRA

BACH Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041
Double Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043
BARBER Violin Concerto, Op.14
BRUCH Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor, Op.25
Scottish Fantasy, Op.46
Double Concerto for Violin & Viola, Op.88
DVORÁK Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op.53
HAYDN Violin Concerto No.2 in G Major, Hob.VIIa:4
KABALEVSKY Violin Concerto in C Major, Op.48
LALO Symphonie Espagnole in D Minor, Op.21
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64
MOZART Concerto in G Major, K.216
Concerto in D Major, K.218
Concerto in A Major, K.219
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op.29
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.63
SAINT–SAËNS Violin Concerto No.3 in B Minor, Op.61
SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No.1 in A Minor, Op.77
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op.47
VIEUXTEMPS Violin Concerto in F# Minor, Op.19
VIOTTI Violin Concerto No.22 in A Minor
Violin Concerto No.23 in G Major
Sinfonie Concertante No. 1 in F Major
VIVALDI Violin Concerto in A Minor, RV356
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