photo by Michael Polito duo


Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, Sitka Music Festival

Sitka Music Festival Season Opening Concert Programs June 3- 7!

Madalyn and Cicely will be performing with oboist Thom Moore, pianist Navah Perlman, violist Martin Sher, and the festival’s artistic director and cellist, Zuill Bailey, in the opening concerts of the 2015 season. Five performances include The Café Concert on 6/3, Bach’s Lunch on 6/4, two unique evening concerts on 6/5 and 6/6, and the closing family concert and ice cream celebration ending the musical extravaganza on Sunday, 6/7. Works include Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, Britten’s Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, and Handel’s Oboe Sonata; string duos include Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello and the Martinu Duo; solo piano works by Chopin and Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op.1, No.1; and finally both of the Brahms Cello Sonatas! "The Stevenson Hall is Home to Alaska’s Premier Chamber Music Presenter" and continues to be restored in one of the most beautiful places on earth – Sitka! Come and enjoy a feast for your eyes and ears! and your appetite!

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duo parnas NOW Approved Entry in 57th Grammy Nomination Process!

duo parnas NOW, the third album of violin and cello duos, was released on July 21st on the Sheffield Lab label! It is so named to emphasize that only works by living composers were included, allowing for the exciting collaborative process between the composer and the performing artists in all cases. This process establishes the composer's personal signature on their recorded work. Pieces by Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec and Charles Wuorinen, are included in this amazing collection! What an honor to have worked closely with these award-winning composers! The CD insert includes notes by composers themselves, in addition to short bios. Click here to hear a bit of Bolcom and Auerbach!

Madalyn Begins Doctoral Degree

Madalyn is currently pursuing her D.M.A. at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the studio of Mark Kaplan. She has been awarded a full-scholarship and will continue performing while enrolled in this demanding course of study. Highlights of Madalyn’s concert season include participation in the Macao and Shanghai International Music Festivals, performances of the Brahms and Rosza double concertos with Cicely, and her London Philharmonic Orchestra debut performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, in addition to numerous recitals!

YCA Presents Cicely Parnas!

As a Young Concert Artist, Cicely is provided the opportunity to present debut recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston. In April she performed in recital at the Kennedy Center and Merkin Hall to rave reviews - see below. Performing with pianist, Noreeen Polera, Cicely's program included Debussy's Sonata, Movement 5 from Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Cassado's Suite for solo cello, From the Zodiac by Peter John, and Brahms' Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op.99. In this video, performing with Ran Dank, Cicely discusses and plays excerpts from the Brahms and Cassado.

Cicely Parnas, photo by Christian Steiner

Cicely Earns Rave Review for
"Jolting" Kennedy Center Debut!

"Self-possessed and prepossessing, Parnas is musically poised beyond her 20 years. Her bow-arm is perfection itself, and with it she sculpts phrases of lapidary detail. She already understands that, on a stringed instrument, there is as much beauty to be found between the notes as during them. The clarity of articulation in the passagework and the skill with which she shaped lyrical lines were startling. This was artistry that cannot be taught; the musician simply owns it."   Read review.

--Robert Battey, The Washington Post

Madalyn and Cicely on two week tour with French ONPL

Madalyn and Cicely with ONPL
are "Virtuoso Wonders"!

"The duo parnas performing under the direction of Maestro Alexander Piquion and the National Orchestra of the Loire Valley gave an extraordinary concert on Saturday! In their finale performance of Saint-Saëns's La Muse et le Poète, a piece seeemingly written for the American virtuoso wonders, the two sisters held the captivated audience spellbound. The concert opened with Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto in B Minor followed by his Cello Concerto in A Minor. The Parnas siblings held the conquered public breathless throughout their performance, with their artistry and supreme technique."


From The New York Times:

Parnas/Kohlberg Trio

Parnas/Kohlberg Trio photo and review in the New York Times.

"But just before the Shostakovich, the Parnas Sisters, who also perform as the duo parnas gave a stunning account of Martinu's lively, sometimes prickly Duo for Violin and Cello. The intricate give-and-take between the cello and violin lines was perfectly balanced and suffused with the kind of electricity and drama that showed the work - and the players - in the best possible light."   --Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"They have a professionalism that is not glossed or layered for effect... Both of them have a rich, thoughtful approach. There's a purity to their playing."   --Peter Serkin

Sharon Robinson, Jaime Laredo "duo parnas is amazing! They possess the rare combination of passion and fiery technique coupled with sophisticated musicianship and a maturity well beyond their years."  
--Sharon Robinson

    and Jaime Laredo

"They are phenomenally gifted, intelligent, and mature young musicians [...] I remember Leslie Parnas from the early Aspen days when I studied with Darius Milhaud and am thrilled to see his superb musicianship has passed on so stunningly."   --William Bolcom

From The New York Times:

Madalyn Parnas, Cicely Parnas
duo parnas photo and review in the New York Times.

"The duo Parnas gave the piece an electrifying read, couching it in a lush tone and executing its complex interplay with pinpoint precision."   --Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Madalyn and Cicely Parnas each have a sound that can at once evoke brilliance and warmth, and complement each other well; their intonation and ensemble are near-flawless, and they can pivot from a rich sound to powerfully incisive playing with startling ease. Best of all, their thought-provoking playing... "  
--Gene Gaudette

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April - Madalyn’s London Philharmonic Debut!

Madalyn will perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on April 12, 2015. At the podium will be Domingo Hindoyan conducting a program of Elgar, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has always enjoyed its visits to Eastbourne's Congress Theatre since its first performance there in 1934 under the Orchestra's founder Sir Thomas Beecham. The Orchestra is proud to have been a Resident Orchestra in Eastbourne since 1997, performing a season of six Sunday afternoon concerts each year. Click here for more information!

June - Cicely to Perform Khatchaturian Cello Concerto
with Keith Lockhart Conducting!

Cicely will perform the Khatchaturian Cello Concerto in E Minor with the Brevard Sinfonia under the baton of Keith Lockhart on June 27th at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Maestro Lockhart, the artistic director of the Brevard Music Center, has been conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since 1995 and became principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2010. Cicely's debut performance of this masterpiece of the cello repertoire, collaborating with Mastro Lockhart will be a musical event not to be missed!

duo parnas Performs Brahms
and Rósza This Season!

In November, duo parnas will play the Brahms Double Concerto in two performances with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kim Allen Kluge. Their grandfather, Leslie Parnas, performed this work with Yehudi Menuhin under the baton of Pablo Casals at the 1969 Casals Festival. And Leslie's brother, Richard Parnas, who served as principal viola for the National Symphony for 35 years, was principal violist for the ASO beginning in 1992. In January, the duo will debut Rosza’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. This piece was written for Heifetz and Piatagorsky, whose squabbling about who had longer solos and more brilliant passages, required Rózsa to carefully write equivalent parts for each player!

duo parnas on Asian Tour

Madalyn and Cicely will be on tour in Asia for two weeks in October performing concerts, leading master classes, and presenting programs in educational outreach activities. The highlights of their travels will be participating in the Macao International Music Festival and the Shanghai International Arts Festival. What a wonderful opportunity to share music in this amazing part of world!

Macao International Music Festival

Academy of Achievement Names duo parnas Delegates

Madalyn and Cicely have been chosen, by the Academy of Achievement as innovation and technology delegates, to attend the 2014 International Achievement Summit in San Francisco. At the summit in September leaders of extraordinary accomplishment from diverse fields of endeavor are brought together with exemplary young people, who have outstanding records as innovators, social entrepreneurs and scholars. Recent innovation and technology delegates include Tara Lapinski (1996), Wes Moore (2004), and Taylor Swift (2008).

Maggie Daley, ABC newsman Sam Donaldson, Catherine B. Reynolds, the Rev. Desmond Tutu, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Nicholas Kristof at the 2008 International Achievement Summit

Composer Seymour Barab, 93,
Dies in New York

It was an honor to know Mr. Seymour Barab as a person and a composer. His 5-movement duo “Partita for Violin and Cello” is central to the just released duo parnas NOW album. Mr. Barab died June 28, 2014, and so did not see the physical CD. However, with Mr. Barab in the audience, Madalyn and Cicely performed his "Partita" in New York City at “The Bohemians” (New York Musicians Club) on January 3, 2011. In December, duo parnas will present several recitals performing Mr. Barab's charming "Partita."

duo parnas with Tim Kantor
Cicely Parnas, Madalyn Parnas, and Timothy Kantor

duo parnas and Timothy Kantor
Make Maverick Concert Debut!

The duo parnas and violinist/violist Timothy Kantor will present a program of string trios at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock NY on Sunday, July 20 at 4:00pm. On the program is Beethoven's String Trio in C Minor, Op.9, No.3, a new work by Andrew Norman entitled The Companion Guide to Rome (2010), and Dohnányi's Serenade in C. Madalyn, Cicely, and Tim have been collaborating since 2010, when they were all students at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Kantor is a member of the Afiara String Quartet. Don't miss this extraordinary concert in this extraordinary venue! For tickets and more information about Maverick Concert's exciting 2014 Season, click here!

See 2014 and 2015 Concert Dates.


Madalyn Parnas performs at Renaissance Musical Arts concert on November 21, 2010 with Yaron Kohlberg.

Cicely Parnas performs at Renaissance Musical Arts concert on November 21, 2010 with Yaron Kohlberg.

Parnas/Serkin Trio opens Music Mountain 81st season on June 13, 2010.

Jaime Laredo, Madalyn Parnas, Cicely Parnas
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Jaime Laredo conducts guest soloists Madalyn & Cicely in their NYC debut with the New York String Orchestra     Read more...

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