Violinist Avi Nagin was recently appointed Second Violin of the critically acclaimed Amernet String Quartet, a role he will assume fully in August 2019. He will also be joining the faculty of Florida International University, where the quartet serves as Ensemble-in-Residence. A graduate of The Colburn School and the Yale School of Music, Avi is an active recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. He has performed in collaboration with members of the Ebène and Orion Quartets, as well as with Paul Coletti, Benny and Eric Kim, Ronald Leonard, Julian Schwarz, Ole Okahoshi, J.Y. Song, Kathryn Lockwood, and Gil Morgenstern. Earlier this season, Avi served as associate concertmaster of the Sarasota Opera, also leading the orchestra as concertmaster in the company’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Prior to joining the Amernet, Avi was principal second violin of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, principal second violin of Symphony in C, section violin with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. This summer’s other festival appearances include a return engagement performing chamber music at An Appalachian Summer Festival (NC), the Artosphere Festival (AR), Maverick Concerts (NY), Bargemusic (NY), and he will be on faculty at East Tennessee State University’s inaugural chamber music festival. In past summers, Avi has served as Concertmaster of the Lake George Music Festival (NY) and principal second vViolin of the Manchester Music Festival (VT).
As an educator in the NY area, Avi served as violin faculty and chamber music coordinator at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music (NJ), chamber music faculty for the New York Youth Symphony, substitute faculty at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, and a “Teaching Artist” with Yale University’s Music in Schools Initiative. During his time as a student, Avi attended prestigious masterclasses and festivals around the world, including twice attending the International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove (UK), where he appeared in masterclasses for Philippe Graffin, András Keller, and legendary violinist Ivry Gitlis. At Carnegie Hall, Avi was the youngest participant invited to appear in Leon Fleisher’s Brahms Chamber Music Workshop, where he worked with Mr. Fleisher, Yo-Yo Ma, and Pamela Frank, as well as performing at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Avi held leadership positions in the orchestras of Tanglewood and Aspen, and has also attended Kneisel Hall, the Heifetz Institute, and the Meadowmount School of Music. Avi’s principal teachers include Ani Kavafian, Robert Lispett, Daniel Phillips, and Ann Setzer and he has studied chamber music with Arnold Steinhardt, Sylvia Rosenberg and Paul Coletti. This summer marks Avi’s third year on the faculty of Eastern Music Festival.