Ani Kavafian

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Ani Kavafian
Born10 May 1948 (1948-05-10) (age 72)
Istanbul, Turkey (Armenian)
Occupation(s)Performer, educator

Ani Kavafian (Armenian: Անի Գավաֆեան, born May 10, 1948, Istanbul) is a classical violinist and professor at the Yale School of Music.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Born in Istanbul of Armenian heritage, Ani Kavafian began piano lessons at the age of three. After immigrating to the United States in 1956, she began violin studies in Detroit, Michigan with Ara Zerounian and then with Mischa Mischakoff. She went on to study at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian receiving a Master of Science degree.[1]


In 1973, she was a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, where she now serves as president of their Alumni Association. In 1979, she was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. The same year, she became a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; she continues to tour the United States, Canada and Europe with CMS. Her affiliation there is the longest tenure of any artist of the Society.

She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, as well as the Los Angeles and Saint Paul chamber orchestras.[2] As a recitalist, she has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, as well as in various venues across the United States.[3] Ani and her sister, violinist Ida Kavafian have performed together around the country in recitals and as soloists with several orchestras.[4]

Over the years, Ani has taught at the Mannes School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, Queens College, McGill University, and Stony Brook University. She was appointed as a full professor in the Practice of Violin at Yale University in 2006. Kavafian is in great demand as a visiting professor conducting master classes around the country and online, as well as workshops in Korea, Japan and China.[5] [6]

Ani Kavafian is married to artist Bernard Mindich. Her instrument is the 1736 “Muir-McKenzie” Stradivarius.




  1. ^ Stevenson, Joseph. "Ani Kavafian: Biography by Joseph Stevenson". ALLMUSIC. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  2. ^ Freedman, Geraldine. "Chamber Music Society pays tribute to Schubert". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  3. ^ Schweitzer, Vivian. "Review: Yale Composers Showcase Their Works at New Music New Haven". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  4. ^ Chute, James (2011-04-29). "The Kavafian sisters play nice". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  5. ^ "Concert celebrates violinist Ani Kavafian as she exits New Haven Symphony Orchestra". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  6. ^ Shortz, Will (21 January 2017). "Crossword Puzzle". The New York Times. p. C4.