Stephen Waarts’ innate and individual musical voice is establishing him as a firm favourite with audiences. With a voracious appetite for repertoire, Stephen has already performed over thirty standard, as well as rarely performed, violin concertos and is a passionate chamber musician.
Stephen Waarts has recently appeared at the Lincoln Center as part of the 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival, made his debuts with the hr-Sinfonieorchester under Christoph Eschenbach, Kansas City Symphony under David Zinman, Tampere Philharmonic, and Munich Symphony Orchestra. He has made highly successful debut recitals at the Merkin Concert Hall, New York; Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, the Louvre in Paris, Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Tonhalle Zürich.
His prize-winning success at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition – including securing the majority vote of the television audience – boosted international attention. In March 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Following his debut at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2017, Stephen Waarts was awarded the 2017 soloist prize which will be presented in September 2018.
Stephen Waarts is currently at the Kronberg Academy studying under Mihaela Martin and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia where he studied under Aaron Rosand. Prior to this he worked with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program and Li Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory. In 2013 he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, aged just 17.