Noted for the "fiery intensity" and "poetic vision" of his playing, Cyrus Forough is a Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition and first prize winner of the Milwaukee Symphony Violin Competition. He has toured extensively in recital and with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. As winners of the USIA's National Violin / Piano Duo Competition, he and his wife, Steinway Artist Carolyn McCracken, have represented the U.S. as Artistic Ambassadors in recital and master classes and on radio and television throughout South America and the Far East.
Called "musical treasures of absolute mastery," the duo has performed at the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, National Gallery in Washington D.C., and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Mr. Forough's first studies were with his mother, who was the first Iranian woman to play classical violin and to graduate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. At age nine, he was the youngest ever to be admitted to this conservatory and where, at the same time, renowned violinist Arthur Grumiaux accepted him as his student. He was later chosen as one of eleven students to attend the "Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth" in Brussels. He then studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the legendary David Oistrakh and at Indiana University under Josef Gingold as both pupil and personal assistant. A much sought-after and respected pedagogue, Mr. Forough is Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Roosevelt University, and The Music Institute of Chicago Academy for gifted students. He has also taught and performed at many summer festivals world wide and his students have been prize winners of many national and international competitions.
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