ISAS: Albuquerque Academy Violinists

Junior Katja Vassilev and freshman Molly McCarthy from Albuquerque Academy, New Mexico, have a friendship as tight as their violin strings.

“The fun and passion in music has definitely brought us together,” Vassilev said. “We’ve always wanted to do a duet.”

McCarthy has played violin for nine years, while Vassilev has played for 12.

“I love how playing music makes you feel it so much more than when you’re listening,” McCarthy said.

The violinists played J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, a nearly five-minute song they learned in elementary school. Although each studied the piece with a private teacher, they have only rehearsed together twice.

“We’re still confident in our familiarity with the song,” McCarthy said. “There’s not really anything to worry about.”

After a 12-hour bus ride, the musicians had to adapt to a new environment.

“The extreme humidity traps the sound in our strings,” Vassilev said. “We never expected weather to affect our ability to play.”

The girls played their piece for the Albuquerque Academy Solo and Ensemble at 7:50 a.m. Saturday in LS116, and for their school’s dance performance 11 a.m. Friday in the Lowe Theater.

Amy Liu
Staff Writer

4 Responses to ISAS: Albuquerque Academy Violinists

  1. David Shank says:

    Is Willa Howells associated with the academy? Is she well? I studied viola with Willa In 1987 for a brief period of time

  2. Grandpa Dan McCarthy says:

    What great capacity for sharing and love of life!

  3. kate mcCarthy says:

    I am just amazed at the supreme confidence with which they played this piece. Of course I have not heard them together before this It has also been quite a while since I have heard Molly play as we live in separate cities now so it is all very stunning to hear the evolution of their performances. I am looking forward to hearing more when we visit later this month. I am very proud of her.

    Her Momo, Kate McCarthy in Santa Fe.

  4. David Falk says:

    Those girls are great! A proud Grandfather.

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