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"I have always plotted escape from the distractions of the real world and a chance to completely immerse myself in music. That's what I found at PRISMA, from the moment I woke to the time my head hit the pillow super-saturated with Mahler and Bartok."

2014 PRISMA Student  Adrienne Basset
In This Issue
Here at PRISMA, 2015 is off to a great start.

We are thrilled to announce that the former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, Elmira Darvarova, will be joining PRISMA 2015 as a violin guest artist. This is very exciting news for all of our students, especially violinists!

Student applications for PRISMA 2015 are open, and those who apply before February 28th receive a discount. Interested students can find more information and apply on our website

While the preparations for the 2015 festival are well underway, we still want your help! If you have any repertoire pieces that you'd like to hear performed during A Celebration of the Senses, send your ideas our way through our Facebook page.
Former Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Joins PRISMA

Elmira Darvarova started playing the violin at the age of three, and by the age of four she had given her first recital. At age eight, Darvarova made her debut as a soloist. 


Since then, she has studied with Yfrah Neaman, Henryk Szeryng and Josef Gingold. In particular, her performance with legendary cellist Janos Starker was a pivotal moment in her career, as Starker propelled and facilitated Darvarova's escape from her then communist country and her relocation to the United States. Darvarova caused a sensation: she became the first ever female concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera; toured Europe, Japan and the United States with the MET Orchestra; and she was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, and CDs. As concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, she has performed with many of the most prominent conductors of all time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber.


Appearing in concert halls and at festivals on four continents, Darvarova is well-versed in all kinds of genres. She is also no stranger to sharing the stage with giants of the music world such as James Levine, Janos Starker, Gary Karr, and Pascal Rogé. Darvarova has been a concerto soloist with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, and numerous other orchestras. She has recorded for Naxos, Azur Classical, Delphinium Records, and, most recently, several CDs for Urlicht AudioVisual.


In addition to her career as a soloist, Elmira Darvarova is the founder and leader of the New York Piano Quartet, she performs with the Delphinium Trio, and she is Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival. The STRAD Magazine has praised her "silky-smooth, voluptuous sound" and her "intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing," while Gramophone Magazine hailed her "ultra- impassioned, vividly detailed performances." 

Read more in Ms. Darvarova's biography on our 

We Want to Hear From You!

What do you want hear the PRISMA orchestra play at this year's Celebration of the Senses? Join the discussion on our Facebook page and let us know! Not a Facebook user? Send us an email with your suggestion, instead. We look forward to reading your ideas!

Become a Member

PRISMA members enable the festival to provide special educational opportunities for the youth of Powell River and to try out new innovations in the program. Plus, we rely on members for ideas and suggestions to make the offerings better each year. PRISMA members really are the heart of the festival on which all other parts depend.

For more information on becoming a member, visit our website. Thank you for supporting our festival!

Early Bird Deadline for Student Applications

Apply to PRISMA before February 28 and pay only $50 USD in application fees. Applications received after this date will be charged our standard rate of $75 USD. For more information, visit our website. Pass this message on to any aspiring professional musicians you may know!

I look forward to reading your repertoire suggestions!
Musically yours,

Sarah Barton-Bridges

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