The Soraya at CSUN presents Niv Ashkenazi performing works from his newly released album “Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope.” Originally recorded on The Soraya’s stage with piano accompaniment, Ashkenazi will return to The Soraya to perform adapted selections from the album alone, providing unprecedented insight into the Violins of Hope program.
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Preceding the performance will be an interview with Ashkenazi and Executive Director Thor Steingraber as they discuss Ashkenazi’s history with Violins of Hope, his work as The Soraya’s first Artist-in-Residence, and what led him to recording the first ever solo album to be performed on an instrument from the Violins of Hope collection
Virtuoso violinist Niv Ashkenazi has captivated audiences with his heartfelt musicianship and emotional performances. Praised for his “lush sound” and “passionate playing” (CASA Magazine) and “formidable technical powers” (Santa Barbara News-Press), he has made several Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center appearances, and has performed in Europe, the Middle East, and across North America. His conviction that the impact of music serves people beyond the concert stage motivates him to collaborate on projects that create a strong emotional bond with his audience.
In the 2019-2020 season, he is the first-ever Artist in Residence at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya). His debut album, Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope, recorded at The Soraya, released in March 2020 on Albany Records. It is the first solo album recorded on one of the Violins of Hope.