STEPHEN WAARTS, violinist
“From the first note of Stephen Waarts’ Brahms G Major Sonata I was hooked, and within a few
bars I was moved to tears.” —The Strad
Violinist Stephen Waarts has already made a name for himself in the competition
circuit worldwide, having captured First Prize at the 2014 Menuhin Competition in Austin, TX, Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2013 Montreal International Competition, and First Prize in the 2011
International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists in Weimar.
First Prize Winner of the 2013 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, his 2014-15
season highlights include recital debuts on the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center and Merkin Concert Hall, re-engagements with the Silicon Valley Symphony and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra,
and appearances at the Louvre, the Lake George Music Festival, the Silicon Valley Music Festival, the Orford Festival, and with the Buffalo Chamber Music Society
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Waarts’ extraordinary gifts have
brought him acclaim from a young age. He has already performed over thirty standard and rarely performed violin concertos, appearing as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and the Orchestre
Symphonique de Montreal, as well as with numerous orchestras throughout California, including the Redwood Symphony, the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose, the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, and the American
Philharmonic Sonoma County. He has performed four times at Music@Menlo and twice at Summit Music Festival.
At the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Waarts was also honored with
YCA’s Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize, which sponsors his New York debut, and five other special awards: the Sander Buchman Prize, the Paul A. Fish Prize, the Ronald A. Asherson Prize, and a concerto appearance
with the Albany Symphony.
Stephen Waarts started his music education with Suzuki violin lessons and piano studies, and
studied with Li Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory. He studied with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program from 2010 to 2013. He currently studies at the Curtis Institute with Aaron Rosand, where he
holds the Frank S. Bayley Annual Fellowship. In addition to his music studies, he is also an accomplished mathematician and has won several national math awards.
[Pronunciation: Surname “Waarts” rhymes with “Hearts”]
Preceding announcements supplied courtesy of Young Concert Artists, Inc. and photo by Matt Dine.
The following is archived from our pevious performances with Stephen.