A profile of violinist Stephen Waarts, winner of a 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award.

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> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'NYC-ARTS.'

I'M PAULA ZAHN AT THE TISCH WNET STUDIOS AT LINCOLN CENTER.

THE CAREER GRANT AWARDS TOOK PLACE IN MARCH AT WQXR.

THESE INDIVIDUAL GRANTS OF $25,000 GIVE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE AND RECOGNITION TO TALENTED INSTRUMENTALISTS WHO HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL.

THIS YEAR THERE WERE FOUR RECIPIENTS.

VIOLINIST STEVEN WARTZ AND CHAD HOOPS.

PIANIST HOW CHEN JONG.

AS WELL AS THE DOVER QUARTET.

STEVEN WARTZ IS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA AND AT 20 YEARS OLD ALREADY HAS AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER.

A FORMER STUDENT OF LEE LYNN AND ITZAK PEARLMAN, HE MAINTAINS A VERY BUSY PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE.

IN ADDITION, HE'S STUDYING FOR HIS MASTERS DEGREE IN GERMANY.

THE GRANT IS REALLY HUMBLING IN A WAY, BECAUSE I'M JOINING ALL THESE ILLUSTRIOUS MUSICIANS WHO HAVE PRECEDED BEFORE ME.

I STARTED VIOLIN WHEN I WAS 5.

IT WASN'T EXACTLY MY CHOICE.

MY TWIN BROTHER AND I WENT TO A SCHOOL CONCERT.

THERE WAS ONE VIOLIN TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL.

HER STUDENTS PUT ON A RECITAL.

MY BROTHER WAS REALLY INTO IT.

I JUST TAGGED ALONG.

WE STARTED EVENTUALLY TOGETHER.

I SORT OF CONTINUED SINCE THEN.

MY BROTHER STOPPED WHEN HE WAS 10.

NOW HE DOES BIOCHEMISTRY.

IT WAS NOT REALLY A CONSCIOUS DECISION, JUST SOMETHING I DID FOR FUN.

TODAY I'LL BE PLAYING WITH REALLY GREAT PIANIST.

SHE PLAYS A LOT OF CHAMBER MUSIC AND COLLABORATIVE WORK.

THE PIECES THAT WE'RE PLAYING ALSO HAVE REALLY QUITE PROMINENT AND CHALLENGING PIANO PARTS, SO I'M REALLY HAPPY.

AND IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT I HAVE SUCH A GOOD PIANIST.

THIS IS MY VIOLIN, MADE BY A FRENCH MAKER IN AROUND 1868.

AND I'VE BEEN PLAYING ON IT FOR A WHILE, I THINK SINCE I WAS 12 OR SO.

SO EIGHT YEARS.

I'M VERY LUCKY TO HAVE IT.

A REALLY WARM SOUND.

AND ESPECIALLY FOR THESE PIECES, IT'S QUITE NICE BECAUSE IT REALLY INVITES ME TO SEE WHAT I CAN DO WITH ALL THE COLORS.

♪♪ THIS IS A REALLY GREAT PIECE, IT'S VERY COLORISTIC IN A WAY, I ALWAYS THINK OF A WATERCOLOR PAINTING.

BUT THE STORY IT'S TELLING IS QUITE DRAMATIC IN A WAY.

SHE'S A WATER NYMPH, BATHING AT A RIVER.

A GOD FINDS HER AND TRIES TO SEDUCE HER.

♪♪ SO THERE'S A BIG SORT OF DRAMATIC MIDDLE SECTION WHERE SHE'S FLEEING FROM ARTEMIS AND THE VIOLINIST, IN MY OPINION, OBVIOUSLY THE GIRL WHO'S BATHING, IT'S VERY SINGING AND MELODIC.

THE PIANO STARTS GETTING LOUD AND PASSIONATE AND THE VIOLIN JOINS IT.

♪♪ ♪♪ AND AT THE END SHE BECOMES A FOUNTAIN.

AND SO IF YOU LISTEN TO THE END OF THE PIECE, IT SORT OF RETURNS BACK TO THE STILLNESS OF THE BEGINNING.

THE SHIMOEVSKY MYTH NUMBER 1 HAS A LOT OF SPECIAL EFFECTS, THE TRILLS SOUND VERY ODD, AND THE HARMONICS, HE'S EXPERIMENTING WITH THE POSSIBILITIES OF WHAT A VIOLIN CAN DO.

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THIS IS ANOTHER GREAT PIECE.

CIGANE MEANS GYPSY IN FRENCH.

THE PIECE IS BASICALLY A HUNGARIAN DANCE, SORT OF, WHICH USUALLY STARTS WITH THE SLOW SECTION AND THEN MOVES ON TO THE FAST SECTION.

IT HAS A VERY FRENCH TWIST TO IT.

THE FIRST SECTION, THE SLOW SECTION, IS JUST FOR VIOLIN ALONE.

AND IT HAS A WHOLE SECTION ALL ON THE 'G' STRING.

♪♪ ♪♪ AND THEN THE PIANO COMES IN TO START THE DANCING SECTION, THE FAST SECTION, WITH A BIG HARP-LIKE FLOURISH.

AND THEN IT'S JUST A BUNCH OF REALLY FUN VARIATIONS IN THE FAST SECTION.

♪♪ ♪♪ IT ENDS, YOU KNOW, IN A VERY VIRTUOSIC, HAPPY DAY, A FRENETIC HOE-DOWN.

THERE'S LOTS OF SPECIAL EFFECTS WITH THE VIOLIN, VARIATIONS WITH HARMONICS AND PIZZICATO.

I WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN COLORISTIC EVENTS ON THE VIOLIN.

AND BOTH PIECES REALLY INVITE THAT.

I LOVE BASICALLY EVERYTHING SHIMOVSKY AND RAVEL WROTE.

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