Described as “ravishing" (Strad), "enlightened" (BBC), "explosive” (Virginia Gazette), and "irresistibly elegant" (Diario de Leon), violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova are rapidly compiling a remarkable list of accolades in recognition of their fiery musical expression, refined artistry, and relentless entrepreneurial dedication to social initiatives. Both acclaimed international soloists, as individuals they have won top prizes in several international competitions, and have been featured in such world-renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, and Lincoln Center. They have participated in festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia, MozartFest, Music@Menlo, and the Perlman Music Program, and their performances have been broadcast on NPR, WQXR, and "Performance Today."
Carr and Petrova began playing together during their years at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music in 2005, and have since performed together across Spain, Denmark, Germany, and the US, in venues ranging from the Jerusalem Music Center to soup kitchens and food pantries in New Orleans. Highlights of recent seasons include masterclasses and tours across the US and Spain, performing a program comprised of works by Frank Bridge, Elliot Carter, Lowell Liebermann, and Rebecca Clarke, which tell the "Cinderella story" of the viola as it stepped into the spotlight as a solo instrument for the first time in musical history.
In August 2018, the Duo launched their interdisciplinary project called Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project (winner of Music Academy of the West's Alumni Enterprise Award) - a project designed to give voice and visibility to refugee communities around the globe while raising awareness and support for both local and international refugee-aid organizations. The project brings classical music performances and musical workshops to refugee camps and aid-programs, while commissioning a new work by composer-in-residence Fernando Arroyo Lascurain, and will be the feature of a documentary by film-makers Victoria Stevens and Skyler Knutzen which will premiere in 2020. In support of this project, and in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, the Duo was invited by the United Nations to present and speak about Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project while performing a concert program inspired by the Ten Acts for the Global Compact on Migrants and Refugees in October 2018.
The duo’s upcoming engagements include their debut recital at Carnegie Hall, the release of two recording projects: their debut album “Novel Voices” and an album featuring all American composers, and international concert tours, masterclasses and residencies in China, Europe, the US, and Israel.