A native of New Jersey, 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. Ms. Youssefian has performed internationally as concertmaster and soloist, in addition to holding engagements at venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Herbst Theater, Kimmel Center, The Mann Center, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Her performances have garnered acclaim in BBC Music Magazine, Early Music America, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, New Zealand Herald, and other publications. She is a member of Voices of Music, and frequently performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, Bach Collegium Japan, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, The Sebastians Chamber Players, and Teatro Nuovo as associate concertmaster. She has appeared in recitals with Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Harry Bicket, and William Christie. Her debut album, Brillance Indéniable: The Virtuoso Violin in the Court of Louis XV, was recently released on the AVIE label in April 2020.
Ms. Youssefian’s 19/20 season includes many exciting solo performances throughout the US. After successful performances of Beethoven Violin Concerto in February 2019, Alana returns to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale for Nicholas McGegan’s final season with performances of Mendelssohn E minor Violin Concerto. She will also be performing a program of Vivaldi concerti with Ars Lyrica Houston, and will perform Locatelli "Harmonic Labyrinth" Violin Concerto with Voices of Music. New York appearances include a Vivaldi concerto performance with House of Time, and two new programs of solo violin repertoire in January and April 2020. This Summer Alana will solo with Voices of Music at the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, and lead a baroque program at the Garth Newel Music Center.
Ms. Youssefian was named an American Fellow of The English Concert and Juilliard Fellow of Mercury in 2018. As winner of The Juilliard School's 2017 Historical Performance Concerto Competition, she performed Vivaldi's "Il Grosso Mogul" concerto with Juilliard415 and Nicholas McGegan at Alice Tully Hall. She 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. 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 is a recent graduate of 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 fiancé Jared and their cats Jimmy and Django, reading Stephen King novels, and rocking out to The Rolling Stones.