"...artistic, clear and enlightened..."
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 CNN, PBS, NPR’s “Performance Today,” WQXR, and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Carr and Petrova began playing together during their years at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, and have since performed together across Europe, the Middle East and North America, in venues ranging from Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall to soup kitchens and food pantries in New Orleans.
Their debut album “Novel Voices” was released on Melos Records in October 2019 to critical acclaim. Spain’s Classical Music Magazine Ritmo immediately chose it as one of their “Top 10 CDs of the Month.” Fanfare Magazine listed the album as “magical” and a “recording to have and hold dear, [...] one of the most successful viola and piano recitals - technically perfect and musically involving.” Codalario Magazine awarded the album its seal of “Superior Quality," listing the album as its top album of 2020 and stating, “It would be hard to debut better than this.”
Highlights of the 2019-2020 season included a debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, praised by the Classical Post as “categorically astonishing in its beauty, ensemble, artistry, quality of sound, and almost uncanny ability to draw into the music.” Other appearances included recitals in the Smithsonian Museum, Jerusalem Music Center, Malaga’s Sociedad Filarmonica Chamber Music Series, Clarke Arts Center at the Perlman Music Program, and Sala Clemente in Valencia. Upon the onset of the pandemic, the duo’s involvement in launching and performing for Project: Music Heals Us’ virtual bedside concerts programming for hospitalized COVID patients garnered international attention and was featured in news outlets around the world including the New York Times, CNN, Forbes, and BBC World News. Their future engagements include a tour of China, performances and masterclasses in Spain, Israel, and the US.
In August 2018, the Duo launched their interdisciplinary project called the 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 brought classical music performances and musical workshops to refugee camps and aid-programs around the globe, commissioned a new work by composer-in-residence Fernando Arroyo Lascurain, and will be the feature of an upcoming documentary by film-makers Victoria Stevens and Skyler Knutzen. 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 the 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.
Collectively, the Duo holds faculty positions at the Juilliard School, Bard College Conservatory of Music, the University of Louisville, and Musical Arts Madrid, and is represented by Iberkonzert Artistic Management in Spain.