Two young musicians with ties to upstate New York are returning to the area to perform a benefit concert, following the floods in the Mohawk Valley and environs earlier this summer.
The Parnas Duo — violinist Madalyn Parnas and her sister, cellist Cicely Parnas –—will perform the free concert at 7:30 p.m.today, in the auditorium of the Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville, one of several villages that were severely damaged by the floods.
The duo will be joined by a colleague, the young French pianist Vincent Adragno, who also performed with them last April in a highly-acclaimed concert sponsored by the Oneonta Concert Association. Their program in Van Hornesville is part of the Case-Young Concert Series and will include music by Schubert, Brahms, Prokofiev and Series producer Carleton Clay.
Twenty-year-old Cicely and her sister 22-year-old Madalyn, are granddaughters of cellist Leslie Parnas, they are natives of Stephentown, in Rensselaer County, and graduates of the College of Saint Rose, in Albany.
Cicely, as first prize winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, made her Carnegie Hall debut in December, and followed that with her first tour of Asia, playing several concerts in Tokyo and other cities in Japan, as well as in Beijing and Wuhan, in China. She had previously won numerous prizes, from the age of 13, including First Prize in the Cello Concerto Competition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, in 2011. That same year she was honored as the inaugural Young Artist in Residence on NPR’s Performance Today Series. She attends the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studies with cellist Sharon Robinson.
A summa cum laude graduate of Saint Rose, with a double major in music industry and French at 19, Madalyn holds an Artist Diploma from the Jacobs School at Indiana University, where she held the Josef Gingold Scholarship and twice won the Artistic Excellence Award, while studying with violinist Jaime Laredo. She has recently returned from a year in England as a 2012 winner of the Marshall Scholarship, awarded by the British government to young American scholars in all fields. As a student of violinist Gryorgy Pauk, she earned a master’s degree in violin performance, with distinction, from London’s Royal Academy of Music in June. During her time in England, she toured in Europe as soloist with France’s L’Orchestre National des Pays Loire, and returned home to the United States for a series of concerts, including the April concert in Oneonta.
The sisters have been performing frequently as a trio with pianist Peter Serkin. After being “discovered,” at the ages of 7 and 9 byconductor Charles Schneider, they have performed numerous concerts in the local area. As a duo, they have performed more than a dozen concerts under the auspices of the Catskill Conservatory, including programs in Van Hornesville, Cooperstown, Oneonta, Franklin and at the Windfall Dutch Barn, in Salt Springville. They have also performed at the Honest Brook Music Festival and at Temple Beth El, in Oneonta, along with their Oneonta Concert Series concert.
The concert is sponsored by the Catskill Conservatory, in association with the Van Hornesville Community Corp., and is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted to assist in the flood-relief efforts. Tickets are not required. For more information, call the Catskill Conservatory at 263-5230.