Violin and Viola
BIO: Currently pursuing her Doctorate at UW-Madison, Paran Amirinazari is a violinist with the Hunt String quartet whose teachers have included Soh-Hyun Altino and Felicia Moye . An avid chamber musician, she is the Artistic Director of the Willy Street Chamber Players and a former member of the Nightingale String Quartet. While studying to receive her Master's Degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Career Skills at the University of Nevada, Reno, she was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet.
Recently, Paran was a winner of UW Madison’s concerto competition and performed the first movement of Prokofiev’s second violin concerto in G minor with the University of Wisconsin’s Symphony Orchestra. In November of 2013, she played alongside the Pro Arte Quartet for Live at the Chazen’s Mendelssohn’s String Octet broadcast.
Since moving to Madison in 2013, Paran has become a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra's first violin section, Concertmaster of the Middleton Community Orchestra, and has also played with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra as well as the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Boston, MA, Paran holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Mr. James Buswell IV. Besides classical music, she also collaborates with rock bands and has toured with Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, Larkin Grimm, and Beat Circus. Following her undergraduate degree, Paran lived in the Boston area as a freelance musician and private teacher, during which she found the passion for teaching and performing that drove her to pursue her graduate degrees.
What is your favorite piece of Chamber Music?
Anything Mozart. I grin like a little kid just thinking about Mozart. His music is hilarious, beautiful, brilliant, and challenging in the best of ways. I also believe that a lot of our 'favorite' pieces of music exist in our lives as adults because of some deep connection created as a kid. One of those pieces for me we will be performing this summer...I'm very much looking forward to performing it with some of my favorite people. Oh yah, there's also Schoenberg and Berg that continue to blow my mind.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
In high school there was the pressure 'to make a decision' about your future. I knew all along that it would be with my violin playing and collaborating, but the moment that I said it out loud (and proud) was after a very special concert where I was lucky enough to play Brahms' B flat sextet with the Malcolm Lowe (the Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony). I literally got to sit next to him.... :)
What’s your favorite Madison restaurant and what do you like to eat there?
There are too many awesome places to eat in Madison, and not enough time to check them all out. Alchemy always makes me happy; love the Maize salad, burger, and fish tacos. Weary Traveller has often come to the rescue (I love living a couple blocks away). I also might turn into a falafel soon since Banzo is now in the neighborhood. You can't go wrong with a sandwich from the Underground Butcher.
What’s playing on your ipod right now?
Mendelssohn symphonies, Beethoven string quartets, Webern, and Ornette Coleman.
What would have been your career if not music?
As a kid (and adult) I would always help my dad fix things around the house and found it fascinating to learn how things work. Maybe I would have been some kind of engineer or a teacher. I love working with kids because it is a constant reminder that curiosity is such a huge part of learning.
Where can we find you when you're not at WSCP rehearsals?
At the moment I'm cooped up in my room working on finishing up my doctorate, but I often day dream about strolling through the arboretum, swimming in the lake, walking everywhere and petting every dog that walks by, and getting to know Madison more.
What’s your favorite part about WSCP?
Chamber music is my favorite thing in the whole world. But playing and working with WSCP has made me appreciate the value of a great team. I'm proud to be part of the WSCP team and really excited to play and learn from each other again this summer.