Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Marta Aznavoorian, piano
“Violinist Stefan Milenkovich's recital at the Kennedy Center was so disarmingly magical that it is not easy to describe its glories. This is not so much a matter of a dazzling virtuosity (though he has it all) as of searching musicianship.” — Washington Post
Established as one of the foremost violinists of his generation, Stefan Milenkovich appears in some of the world's most celebrated venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Cadogan Hall (London), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), ands Italy's theatres La Fenice (Venice), San Carlo (Naples), and Petruzzelli (Bari).
His recent orchestra appearances include Indianapolis Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Hannover Symphony, Orchestra of Radio-France, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Mexico State Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo, and the Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies.
Milenkovich's 2019-20 season included a release of the Beethoven and Bruch Violin Concertos, and orchestral appearances in Italy in Bolzano, Trieste, Bologna, Perugia and Milan. Other recent orchestral credits include the Utah Symphony, Prague Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Oklahoma City Symphony, and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Milenkovich started his career at a very young age. By age 17, he was the winner of The Young Concert Artists International Competition (USA), as well as a prizewinner in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), the Paganini Competition (Italy), and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (England).
Milenkovich's discography includes four releases on the Italian label Dynamic, featuring music by Bach and Paganini. His violin is a 1783 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.
“Marta Aznavoorian is a pianist of exceptionally finished technique and purity of musical impulse.” — Boston Globe
Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Marta Aznavoorian, has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world as orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and educator. A Chicago native, she has performed in her hometown's most prestigious venues and tours extensively throughout the world.
She made her professional debut at the age of 13 performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor K.491 in four concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir George Solti.
Ms. Aznavoorian has won over audiences with her inspiring energy and vast musical reach, appearing as soloist with orchestras internationally including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Conservatory Orchestra, Highland Park Strings, Chicago Symphony, New Philharmonic, San Angelo Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the New World Symphony.
Ms. Aznavoorian is founding member of the Lincoln Trio which Fanfare Magazine has labeled as "one of the hottest young trios in the business". The Grammy-nominated trio tours regularly throughout the world and recently celebrated their Grammy nomination for Trios from our Homelands under the Cedille Records Label.
In great demand as a chamber musician, Ms. Aznavoorian has worked with many artists all over the world and has frequented many festivals including Tanglewood Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro Festival, Caramoor Festival, Hornby Island, Green Lake Festival, and she will be making her 9th straight season appearance at the Ravinia Festival in 2021.