Madalyn
Parnas

violinist




Cicely
Parnas

cellist

duo
parnas


News

2013

Cicely Performs Elgar with VSO - Rave Review!
Cicely performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaime Laredo in Burlington and Rutland... "Nineteen-year-old Cicely Parnas wowed the audience..."!
1/25/2013
Madalyn and Cicely Featured Artists at El Paso Pro-Musica!
Madalyn and Cicely as featured artists at Zuill Bailey's El Paso Pro-Musica Festival performed twice with the El Paso Symphony and presented a number of chamber music concerts"!
2/5/2013
Madalyn and Cicely "Virtuoso Wonders" with ONPL!
Madalyn and Cicely toured France with the Orchestre National des Pay de la Loire. In each of seven concerts they performed three concertos by Saint-Saëns. A stunning success with audience and reviews alike!!
4/2/2013
Five Concerts - Five Days, Last Stop Bargemusic!
Madalyn came from London, Vincent Adragna from Paris, and Cicely from Cleveland to collaborate again performing five concerts in five days. The tour ended at "The Floating Music Hall" in New York City!!
4/23/2013
Madalyn Graduates with Distinction from RAM!
Madalyn graduated with distinction from London's Royal Academy of Music on August 1st earning her master's degree in violin performance. As a 2012 Marshall Scholar, she earned full-scholarship. Well done!
8/10/2013
Return to Tannery Pond Concerts "Perfect"!
duo parnas and pianist Vincent Adragna performed the "perfect" concert on Saturday, September 7, earning a rousing standing ovation from the audience and a rave review from the critic!
9/15/2013
Haydn Concerto -- No Tailpiece, No Problem!
Cicely performed the Haydn Concerto in C with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra on October 27. Minutes before going onstage, she was handed a replacement cello!
11/4/2013

2012

Cicely's Carnegie Debut Stunning Success!
On December 28th Cicely performed Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto at Carnegie Hall receiving a rave review from The New York Times. You will be very surprised by what happened three days later!
1/1/2013
Cicely Wins 1st Prize at 2012 YCA Auditions!
Cicely on Young Concert Artists roster after taking 1st prize at the 2012 International Auditions!
12/11/2012
duo parnas with Fauxharmonic Orchestra Amazes!
The digital Fauxharmonic Orchestra held a worldwide contest for best new concerto. Brian Fennelly's Fantasia Concertante, written for Madalyn and Cicely, took 1st. Read more and hear this hybrid recording for yourself!
9/1/2012
Adragna Joins duo parnas at Lachine Music Festival
After a stunning success at the Lachine Music Festival 2011, the fabulous duo returns with French pianist Vincent Adraga to another full house and standing ovation!
7/11/2012
Madalyn at Banff on Full Scholarship with LSQ!
Madalyn with the Larchmere String Quartet was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Chamber Music Residency for Pre-Formed Ensembles at the prestigious Banff Center in the Canadian Rockies. This three week program included concerts and master classes, and a three-state tour followed!
6/30/2012
duo parnas at Skirball Center with League of Composers Orchestra
David Dzubay conducted Madalyn and Cicely with the League of Composers Orchestra in an extraordinary performance of Brian Fennelly's double concerto for violin and cello, "Sinfonia Concertante"!
5/7/2012
Skirball Center Artist Diplomas Received :) - Adieu Bloomington :(
In May, Madalyn and Cicely received their Artist Diplomas from the IU Jacobs School of Music after two years of study with Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, respectively. The AD is the most prestigious diploma awarded to performing musicians. But, it was a bittersweet departure… saying good bye to IU, Bloomington, and so many, many friends...
5/4/2012
Sharon Harms duo parnas and Soprano Sharon Harms at Fordham Lincoln Center Campus
Lawrence Kramer's annual Voices Up! concert included the world premier of Paul Moravec's duo composition entitled "Parnas Duo," Kurtag's "Kafka Variations" Part 4 for violin and voice, and Dzubay's "For Awhile" and Lawrence Kramer's "Another Time" both scored for violin, cello. A fabulous concert!
4/28/2012
Paul Moravec Moravec Dedicates Parnas Duo to duo parnas!
At the final duo parnas NOW CD recording session, Madalyn and Cicely play Pulitzer Prive-winning composer Paul Moravec's brilliant and virtuosic work, Parnas Duo!
3/20/2012
Madalyn Named JSoM Featured Entrepreneur!
Recognized as a budding entrepreneur, Madalyn was featured as a Project Jumpstart panelist in the December 2011 event, "Buzzworthy: Powering Your Online Presence." In February she was named a Featured Entrpreneur!
2/17/2012
"American Cosmology" Presented at Americas Society in NY!
The Indiana University Latin American Society presented a new music concert showcasing meditations on the sky and cosmos including "Astral" by David Dzubay and "Baalkah" by Gabriela Ortiz.
2/6/2012
Madalyn Performs Three Works at Composers Now Festival Opener!
The Music of Now Marathon concert at Symphony Space opened the 2012 Composers Now Festival with Madalyn performing three new works by featured composers!
2/4/2012

2011

CICELY INAUGURAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
ON NPR's PERFORMANCE TODAY!!!

Cicely's performances and interviews with Fred Child were first broadcast daily beginning December 5 and ending December 9, 2011. Read more and hear the podcasts, download recordings, and watch videos!
12/10/2011
MADALYN NAMED 2012 MARSHALL SCHOLAR!!!
Madalyn joins the elite group of American Marshall Scholars. She will attend the Royal Academy of Music to pursue her Master of Music degree studying with renowned violinist György Pauk! Read more!
11/16/2011
2011 MIDWEST COMPOSERS SYMPOSIUM at JSoM!
The 2011 Midwest Composers Symposium was held at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Madalyn performed in all four concerts!! Read more!
11/11,12/2011
One Week - Two Great Reviews!
Madalyn and Cicely performed the Brahms Sextet in B-flat Major with Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson and two double concertos with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under the baton of Randall Fleisher in one week! Two great reviews! Read more!
10/9,15/2011
Madalyn and Cicely join Latitude 45 Soloist Roster!
Madalyn and Cicely are now being represented worldwide by Latitude 45 Arts Promotion, Inc.
10/19/2010
Lachine Music Festival - Free and Amazing!
Les Concerts Lachine have everything - a magnificent city, great music, and wonderful performers - all free! duo parnas billed as "the beautiful and talented, exciting and dynamic sisters, who are the talk of the classical world" performed on July 7. Read more!
07/7/2011
PKT Spring Tour: Four Countries!
The Parnas/Kohlberg Trio began their thirty-day tour in Michigan, and stopped in NY for concerts and to perform live on WQXR before leaving for numerous concerts in France, Germany, and Israel!
05/30/2011
PKT on NYC's classical music station WQXR!
The Parnas/Kohlberg Trio performed Dvorak and Brahms on McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase. Entertaining discussions with Robert Sherman. Listen and enjoy!
05/2/2011
Cicely's Elgar Earns Rave Review!
The review of Cicely's Elgar with the Indiana University Philharmonic began with the headline "Young Cellist Shines..." and Alan de Veritch added "I haven't enjoyed an interpretation of the Elgar this much since Jackie du Pre."
03/12/2011
In Real Time CD Cover In Real Time: duo parnas' Third CD Being Recorded at IU!
In Real Time includes works by Auerbach, Barab, Bolcom, Feigin, Moravec, Wuorinen, and more - music by living composers!
03/07/2011
Cicely Wins JSoM Cello Concerto Competition!
Cicely is named the winner of the 2011 Cello Concerto Competition in the final round on February 20, 2011! Read more and watch Cicely's interview...
03/06/2011
Gare du Nord named among the Ten Best New Releases of 2010!!
duo parnas' second CD, "Gare du Nord," among 10 Best and New York City reviewer Gene Gaudette calls it his favorite Chamber Music CD of the year!
1/1/2011

2010

William Bolcom and Joan Morris duo parnas Topic In Bolcom/Morris Interview
In Bill Madison's interview with William Bolcom and Joan Morris, the topic of young performing artists came up. Bill and Joan discussed their experiences and viewpoints, which included meeting and working with Madalyn and Cicely. This interview is worth reading from start to finish!
12/05/2010
Performing Tharp's "Noir"
Madalyn and violinist Tim Kantor played Bartok duets for the performance of Twyla Tharp's 1994 ballet "Noir". Watch...
10/08-09/2010
Madalyn, Susan Seligman, and Cicely duo parnas Featured in Hudson Valley Magazine!
In the August issue, story "Hudson Valley Musicians" presents leading established artists paired with young, gifted up-and-comers. Some of the "hottest talent north of NYC" is introduced with interviews, photograhs, and videos - duo parnas leads the story! Read the article.
08/01/2010
Conductor John Axelrod duo parnas To Perform With #1 French Orchestra!
On their first trip to Europe, duo parnas takes a jaunt to Nantes to play for conductor John Axelrod.
6/23/2010
The kids are alright - okay, they're stupendous!
duo parnas' second CD, "Gare du Nord," scores a 10 with New York City reviewer Gene Gaudette.
5/30/2010
President Sullivan, Madalyn, Dr. Speach Bravo, Madalyn!
Madalyn graduated from The College of Saint Rose summa cum laude concentrating in French and Music Industry... in just 3 years... at age 19!
5/08/2010
Celebrating Excellence ...
Madalyn's final appearance at Saint Rose
4/15/2010
Yale, 1966, Revisited ...
Four composers from the Yale School of Music reunited.
4/09/2010
duo parnas joins Latitude 45!...
duo parnas is now being represented worldwide by Latitude 45 Arts Promotion, Inc.
4/1/2010
Madalyn's Senior Honors Recital
Madalyn performed two concertos, a Brahms Sonata, and a Bach Partita for her Senior Honors Recital... and an encore!
3/10/2010
Fantasia Concertante ...
Double Concerto written for Madalyn & Cicely by Brian Fennelly wins Grand Prize in Boston!
3/07/2010
Rave Reviews for duo parnas ASO Debut!
Under the baton of David Alan Miller duo parnas sparkled in 3-concert series with the Albany Symphony.
2/25-27/2010
Tannery Pond CD...
A recording of the Tannery Pond Concert on August 22, 2009, featuring Cicely & Madalyn with Christian Steiner will be available on CD soon in 2010.
2/22/2010

2009

World Premiere! ...
Cicely Performs Another World Premiere!
11/30/2009
Parnas Sisters Bring Venetian Orphanage to Life ...
Madalyn & Cicely return to Chatham Elementary School
11/15/2009
New York, New York... with Peter Serkin!
Parnas/Serkin Trio reviewed in the New York Times!
10/13/2009
A Bit Of Sonic Terror...
CD concert review: "These two young performers are blessed with talent sent from the muses' highest mountain."
9/16/2009
Sold Out!...
duo parnas perform with Tannery Pond Concerts artistic director Christian Steiner
8/22/2009
duo parnas in the New York Times!
duo parnas reviewed at Symphony Space
6/19/2009
"Youthquake!"...
Parnas/Serkin trio reviewed at Music Mountain
6/14/2009
WMHT Live...
Don't miss the Parnas/Serkin Trio on WMHT Live Sunday, May 31, 2009 from 6-8 pm !
5/27/2009
2009 Uel Wade Music Scholarship Competition...
Cicely wins first prize!
5/17/2009
Magnificent!...
Parnas/Serkin Trio debut at Massry Center for the Arts
5/16/2009
Great Story!...
duo parnas featured in Sunday Times Union
4/19/2009
Breathtaking...
Cicely delivers a breathtaking performance in Atlanta
3/21/2009
Fabulous Fabbri...
duo parnas present an evening of duets for a Music Mountain 80th Season Celebration at the Fabbri Mansion in New York City
2/19/2009
A World Premiere...
Cicely presents the world premiere of Bruce Craig Roter's "Sonatine"
2/15/2009
2009 National ASTA Soloist Competition ...
Madalyn has been named a national finalist!
1/14/2009

2008

New York State American String Teachers Association...
Madalyn and Cicely have tied for first place in New York State and advanced to the National semi-final round of the 2009 ASTA Soloist Competition!
10/17/2008
Schneider Concerts...
Madalyn and Cicely perform with Jaime Laredo & the New York String Orchestra
10/12/2008
Brian Fennelly...
Composer Brian Fennelly's duo, written for Madalyn and Cicely, has won first prize in the New York Composer's Circle Competition! duo parnas will offically premiere this piece at St. Peter's church in NYC on May 26th, 2009.
10/01/2008
Rousing Season Kick-Off...
Delius review: "the display of artistry on the part of the soloists was breath-taking."

9/27/2008
Delius Double...
Madalyn and Cicely perform with the Catskill Symphony
9/27/2008
Massry Center...
Madalyn and Cicely perform with the Albany Symphony
9/20/2008
Fast Off the Mark: The Parnas Sisters & Franz Schubert...
A wonderful preview article about the upcoming Grand Montgomery Chamber Series concert, "All Schubert", by Philip Ehrensaft
8/30/2008
Rhinebeck-Rheinbach Exchange...
Madalyn performs the "Trout"
7/13/2008
YouTube!...
The Church Musician
6/26/2008
2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition...
The Parnas Duo wins First Prize!
6/2/2008
Eastwick Press...
Coverage of the ICMEC First Prize Win
5/23/2008
Albany Times Union...
CD Review by Joe Dalton: "...insightful and passionate performances."
5/11/2008
YouTube...
A Cellist Auditions
3/27/2008
Berkshire Weekly Advocate...
Great interview with Madalyn & Cicely and CD review by Steven Dankner.
3/20/2008
Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto #3...
Madalyn performs with the Georgia Philharmonic.
3/15/2008
News from Woodstock...
Madalyn & Cicely perform Leopold Hofmann & Passacaglia.
3/2/2008
The Cello Geek...
Cicely is the featured Young Performer.
3/2/2008
Mozart Violin Concerto...
Madalyn performs Mozart with the Utica Symphony.
1/12/2008
Kabalevsky Cello Concerto...
Cicely performs Kabalevsky with the Utica Symphony.
1/12/2008

2007

PARNAS DOUBLE Debut CD...
Madalyn and Cicely announce their debut CD.
12/21/2007
Union College Recital...
Madalyn and Cicely in recital with pianist Young Kim.
11/1/2007
Arts in Education...
Madalyn and Cicely as two "orphans" of the Ospedale del Pieta in Venice in the time of Vivaldi.
10/2/2007
Return to Proctor's...
Madalyn and Cicely perform 3 concerti with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra!
9/16/2007
Jazzing it up...
Madalyn, with Sheri Bauer-Mayorga and Lincoln Mayorga at Spencertown Academy.
6/23/2007
World Premiere...
Parnas Duo to present World Premiere of Lohraseb "String Trio" at TMH.
4/29/2007
Money Magazine...
Informative story & beautiful photos by George Mannes in the April issue. Pick up a copy!
3/26/2007
Madalyn & Cicely Take Sedona by Storm!...
Madalyn & Cicely performed four concerts in Sedona in 3 days!
3/18/2007
Rising Stars in Sedona...
Front page photo with article and interview in advance of appearances with Verde Valley Sinfonietta.
2/21/2007
American String Teachers Association...
Cicely has been named a national finalist!
1/29/2007
La Muse et Le Poete...
"A truly tour-de-force performance."
1/23/2007
Delaware Hudson Canvas...
Beautiful front page photo and page 7 article and interview by Phil Ehrensaft about the upcoming performance of Saint-Saens' La Muse et le Poete with the Newburgh Symphony.
1/04/2007

2006

New York State American String Teachers Association...
Madalyn and Cicely finished second and third in New York State and have advanced to the National semi-final round of the ASTA Soloist Competition!
11/02/2006
Read the Review...
"Violinist Impressive in her Schenectady Symphony Debut!"
5/26/2006
Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 2...
Photo and story...
5/25/2006
Daily Gazette ...
"Parnas and SSO set for concert at Proctor's tonight"
5/25/2006
Uel Wade Music Scholarship Competition ...
Cicely makes it a hat trick!
5/14/2006
Berkshire Lyric Theater Young Musicians Scholarship...
Cicely takes another 1st prize!
4/30/2006
Anthony R. Stefan Scholarship Competition...
Cicely takes 1st prize!
3/19/2006
The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra...
Viotti Double Concerto
1/14/2006

2005

The Georgia Academy of Music...
10/30/2005
The Bach Double...
10/29/2005
Uel Wade Music Scholarship Competition...
Madalyn takes another 1st prize!
5/22/2005
Anthony R. Stefan Scholarship Competition...
Madalyn takes 1st prize!
3/14/2005
A Legacy of Music...
Hudson Opera House
2/26/2005
Sunday at Wesley Hall...
"Remember the name Madalyn Parnas!"
1/11/2005

2004

Monn Cello Concerto in G minor...
Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
Cicely Parnas, cello
Review

12/11/2004
Quincy Symphony Orchestra...
Vivaldi Double Concerto in G minor
Ronald Feldman & Cicely Parnas, cello

11/05/2004
Trail Mix Music Festival!
Columbus Day Weekend
Odd Fellows Lodge, Route 213, Olivebridge, NY

10/09/2004
From The Top...
Live from Jordan Hall
3/20/2004
The Vivaldi Double Concerto...
With Philip Rice and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
3/12/2004
The Beethoven Triple Concerto...
With Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra
1/27/2004

2003

The Kabalevsky Violin Concerto...
With Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
11/15/2003
Berkshire Record...
Rutter Requiem
1/24/2003
Berkshire Eagle...
Rutter Requiem
1/18/2003
Berkshire Eagle...
Walden Chamber Players
1/10/2003

2002

Albany Times Union...
Empire State Youth Orchestra
11/7/2002