American violinist Madalyn Parnas Möller and French cellist Juliette Herlin perform a concert inside the museum.
Set apart by taking 1st prize in Carnegie Hall’s International Chamber Music Competition in 2007, Duo Parnas has 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.
Madalyn Parnas Möller
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 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 the world premiere of composer Don Byrd’s Violin Concerto.
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.
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.
Praised for her “impressive artistry” and “wonderful bowing technique” (San Francisco Classical Voice), French cellist Juliette Herlin has performed throughout Europe, the U.S., and Asia. As a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist, she has appeared in prestigious venues such as the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Musée du Louvre, and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Zhuhai and Chongqin Grand Theaters in China, and the Minsk Philharmony in Belarus.
Winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Competition, Juliette is also the recipient of first prizes at the International Vatelot/Rampal Music Competition and the UFAM Competition in Paris as well as a Beverly Hills National Auditions winner. She has been awarded the Grunin Prize as well as grants from the “Fondation Safran pour la Musique” and the ADAMI. In France, Juliette has performed several times as a soloist with the Orchestre des Universités de Paris, and with the Orchestre des Etudiants du CNSMDP under the direction of Maxime Pascal. Her performances have been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today,” WFMT (Chicago) as well as many times on “France Musique,” France’s main classical music station.
Juliette is a substitute player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Paris, and has performed with the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France and the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain. The conductors under whose baton she has performed include Semyon Bychkov, Alan Gilbert, Georges Prêtre, Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, Zoltán Kocsis, Maxim Vengerov and Alain Altinoglu.
Born in Paris in 1991, Juliette Herlin was admitted at the age of sixteen to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where she obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees studying with Jérôme Pernoo. She pursued her studies at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Richard Aaron. Juliette is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California where she studies with Ralph Kirschbaum. She is the grateful recipient of support from the French Ministry of Culture, from the Balas Company, and from the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund.