Rising star violinist Alana Youssefian has quickly forged a reputation as a sought-after soloist known for her engaging performances, fierce virtuosity, and passionate interpretations of works spanning the baroque era to the music of today. Her performances in North America and abroad have garnered acclaim in Early Music America, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, New Zealand Herald, BBC Music Magazine, and other publications. She has appeared in recital with Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Harry Bicket, and William Christie. Her solo debut album, Brillance Indéniable: The Virtuoso Violin in the Court of Louis XV, produced by Swineshead Productions, LLC, was released in April 2020 on the Avie label.
Ms. Youssefian has enjoyed an active solo and collaborative career with the world's leading period instrument orchestras and players. She has been invited to perform her interpretations of Vivaldi's violin concerti across the US, as well as Beethoven's and Mendelssohn's violin concerti. An avid educator, she currently teaches violin privately and at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. She has served as a guest lecturer at NYU Steinhardt School and San Francisco Community College, and as a guest instructor for Ars Lyrica Houston and Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Ms. Youssefian was named an American Fellow of The English Concert and Juilliard Fellow of Mercury in 2018, as well as being named winner of The Juilliard School's 2017 Historical Performance Concerto Competition, in which capacity she performed Vivaldi's "Il Grosso Mogul" concerto with Juilliard415 and Nicholas McGegan at Alice Tully Hall. An audience favorite, Ms. Youssefian was named Best Recital Soloist of the 2019-2020 season by the San Francisco Classical Voice Audience Choice Awards.
While a student at Juilliard, Ms. Youssefian performed with Juilliard415 as concertmaster and soloist on several occasions, including their tours of India and New Zealand. Residencies include Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Summer 2018, and Seabury Academy of Music from 2013-2018. Recent tours include US/Canada and Poland with Bach Collegium Japan. She is a member of Voices of Music, and frequently performs with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, New York Baroque Incorporated, The Sebastians Chamber Players, and Teatro Nuovo as concertmaster.
Ms. Youssefian studied with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin Conservatory, and completed a master’s degree in Violin Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Kenneth Goldsmith. While at Rice she was selected to perform Berio Corale with the Shepherd School Contemporary Ensemble. She earned a master's degree from The Juilliard School's Historical Performance Program, where she studied with Cynthia Roberts, Elizabeth Blumenstock, and Rachel Podger. In her free time, Ms. Youssefian enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and their mischievous cats.