Described as “ravishing" (Strad), "enlightened" (BBC), "explosive” (Virginia Gazette), and "irresistibly elegant" (Diario de Leon), violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova have rapidly compiled 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 PBS, 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, Germany, and the US, in venues ranging from the Sendesaal Bremen in Germany to soup kitchens and food pantries in New Orleans and on the Connecticut Shoreline. Highlights of their 2017-2018 season 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 “Novel Voices” – a year-long initiative created to help raise awareness, through art, about the lives and struggles of refugees across the globe. The Duo - in collaboration with composer Fernando Arroyo Lascurain and film-makers Victoria Stevens and Skyler Knutzen - will visit 8 refugee-camps across America, Europe, and the Middle East, performing, workshopping, and collecting (via film) the life-stories of their refugee audience members. At the end of the project, the Duo will release a debut album for the Melos label, titled "Novel Voices," comprised of works performed and workshopped in the camps, including an original work by Lascurain, inspired by the team's refugee camp visits. Lascurain's original work along with a preview of the documentary will be premiered at a final “Refugee Awareness” concert in Carnegie Hall in Fall 2019.
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 while performing a series of concert programs inspired by the Ten Acts for the Global Compact on Migrants and Refugees throughout the 2018-2019 season.