Cyrus Forough, violin
Noted for the “fiery intensity” and “poetic vision” of his playing, Cyrus Forough’s reviews comprise a lexicon of superlatives in more than a dozen languages. In a recent review of Mr. Forough’s performance of Debussy’s violin sonata Jim Lowe wrote “…With a warm sound and deft technique, Forough was an expert musician, utilizing skilled articulations and a broad palette of tonal colors, in delivering Debussy’s unique mix of Romanticism and Impressionism.”
Forough is a laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition, first prizewinner of the Milwaukee Symphony Violin Competition, and finalist in the Munich International Violin Competition. With his wife Steinway Artist Carolyn McCracken, they formed the Forough/McCracken Duo and subsequently won the United States Artistic Ambassador Program’s National Violin/Piano Duo Competition, representing the United States as Artistic Ambassadors in the Far East and in South America. Together they performed in recitals and with orchestras in many concert venues including the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, The National Gallery, Washington D.C., The Phillips Collection, the Kennedy Center and many others. These performances included broadcasts on radio and television along with command performances for international dignitaries. Mr. Forough also holds the World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media Award in recognition of his contributions to classical music and education.
He has performed and taught at festivals in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. His students are prizewinners of national and international competitions and members of professional orchestras worldwide. Numerous students have been chosen to perform on the national radio program From the Top, including at Carnegie Hall, New York. His students have included winners of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and a Presidential Scholar.
Cyrus Forough’s unique succession of studies make singular his recognition as a prominent representative of the Franco-Belgium school of violin playing, having studied with legendary artists David Oistrakh, Josef Gingold, and at age nine with Arthur Grumiaux.
Mr. Forough’s dedication to teaching and his skill at communicating his art have earned him a reputation as one of the most sought after and most effective violin pedagogues, drawing students globally seeking admittance into his studio. At present he is a full-time tenured professor of violin at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and has been a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music in 2009, 2010, and 2015.
Cyrus Forough performs on the 1718 “Wilmotte” Antonius Stradivarius.