Violin Faculty

Cyrus Forough

Cyrus Forough’s dedication and love for teaching what he learned from his own principal teachers David Oistrakh, Oleh Krysa, and Josef Gingold, in connection with his own years of vast personal experiences, has culminated in inspiring and educating countless pre-college and college age students at the highest artistic and technical levels. As he says, “We must not only play technically as perfectly as possible but more importantly we must humanize every note, every phrase and every work that we perform in order to communicate and inspire the public.”

Cyrus Forough is professor of violin at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music and his students are prize and award winners in the following National and International competitions: Sibelius, Indianapolis, Sarasate, Menuhin, Szeryng, Vladigerov, Blunt, Washington International, Klein, International Johansen, Fischoff, Stulberg, Chicago Symphony Youth Competition, etc. His students are members of the following symphony orchestras: Danish Royal Opera; concert master, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina; concert master, Dallas Symphony; associate concert master, Chicago, Houston, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Antwerp, Syracuse, Calgary, Naples FL, Winnipeg, North Carolina, Buffalo NY etc. and members of the JACK and Aizuri string quartets.

Mr. Forough is a laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition, 1st prize winner of the Milwaukee Symphony Competition, Finalist of the Munich International Competition and winner of the United States Artistic Ambassador Duo Competition with his wife, Steinway Artist pianist Carolyn McCracken. He has performed internationally with orchestras and with his wife and has given numerous command performances. With the collaboration of the luthiers the Rezvani brothers, they have created the PinkyHold for children and the shoulder rest “Performa”.

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