As an artist founded at the complex intersection of musical heritage and unprecedented innovation, American violinist Madalyn Parnas Möller secures her place on today’s concert stage by bringing inimitable style and artistic vision to every performance.
Since her solo debut at the age of twelve performing the Kabalevsky Violin Concerto, Ms. Parnas Möller’s concert record throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia affirms her dedication to performance and new repertoire. Enthusiastically endorsed by the New York Times, she has most recently toured France as guest soloist with the L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and performed concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, and the New York String Alumni Orchestra conducted by Jaime Laredo. She has presented multiple premieres including Sven-David Sandström’s violin concerto, Force and Beauty, and she will be featured in the upcoming world premiere of composer Don Byrd’s Violin Concerto. This season, she will also appear as guest soloist in performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and her current solo recording project with Aqua, an Argentinian/Latin American label, will be distributed by Naxos in 2019.
A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Parnas Möller’s recent engagements include recitals at the Kennedy Center, New York’s Subculture, San Francisco Performances, the Minneapolis Museum of Russian Art, and the San Francisco Academy of Achievement International Summit as a guest delegate. As winner of the Beverly Hills Chamber Music Auditions, upcoming appointments for this season include performances for the Boston Court Pasadena Chamber Music Series, Los Angeles Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Center Stage Chamber Music Series, Sitka Festival Winter Classics, and the New York City Riverdale School, among others.
As both a soloist and a collaborator, Ms. Parnas Möller has simultaneously demonstrated a commitment to the legacy of chamber music while exercising her passion for contemporary music. Her collaborations include projects alongside artists such as Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Zuill Bailey, and her most long-standing partnership, Duo Parnas with her sister, cellist Cicely Parnas. Set apart by taking 1st prize in Carnegie Hall’s International Chamber Music Competition in 2007, Duo Parnas has since appeared at countless festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Israel including Tanglewood, Banff, Maverick Concerts, Music Mountain, the American Composers Festival, Lachine Music Festival, and the ProQuartet Festival in France. Frequently engaged as artists-in-residence, Duo Parnas has toured Asia in the International Musical Arts Festivals of Shanghai and Macao and served residencies with both the El Paso and Sitka Music Festivals. Nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015, Duo Parnas has released three albums on the Sheffield Lab label, which feature both pre-existing works and commissions by award-winning composers of the 21st century, including Bill Bolcom, Charles Wuorinen, Paul Moravec, and Lera Auerbach.
Ms. Parnas Möller holds a Master of Music and Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; a Master of Arts in Violin Performance, with distinction, from the Royal Academy of Music in London; and a Bachelor of Science from The College of Saint Rose where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Music Industry and French. Ms. Parnas Möller’s academic honors include selection as a 2012 Marshall Scholar, as well as earning the Josef Gingold Award and twice the Artistic Excellence Award at Indiana University. Her principal teachers include her grandfather and legendary cellist Leslie Parnas, Mark Kaplan, György Pauk, Jaime Laredo, James Buswell, and Betty-Jean Hagen. Ms. Parnas Möller resides in Los Angeles and performs on a 1715 Alessandro Gagliano violin.