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The husband and wife duo of flutist Eveline Kuhn and cellist Arash Amini have performed together as the West End Duo since 1999, shortly after they first met. The West End Duo has performed throughout New York City- where they make their home, as well as in Pennsylvania, New York State, San Diego, Mexico, and throughout Switzerland. The Duo gave its New York debut recital at St. Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan. From 2008 to 2012, each August, the Duo performed a special house concert for their friends Judea and Ruth Pearl- the slain Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl’s parents, in Los Angeles. At the 2012 house concert, the Duo performed the world premiere of Spirituals (Book II) for Flute and Cello, written for them by Steven R. Gerber. The following year, they performed its NY premiere at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The West End Duo were the first classical musicians featured on an episode of rock guitarist, composer, and songwriter Peter Himmelman’s weekly online show, Furious World. The Duo has been featured in Tages Anzeiger (Switzerland) and Zürichsee-Zeitung (Switzerland) and has been presenters at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico. Eveline Kuhn and Arash Amini are the co-founders of the New York-based chamber music society, America’s Dream Chamber Artists.

 

Swiss-American flutist Eveline Kuhn has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Switzerland, Germany, and Lithuania. She performed her New York debut recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and her Concerto debut with The Symphony Orchestra of New York University. She was the recipient of a prestigious Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Bonita Boyd, and received her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, and her Master of Arts from New York University, where she studied with Keith Underwood. Eveline Kuhn has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships from Swiss foundations.

Eveline Kuhn has performed as a guest of the Houston Chamber Music Society and performed the New York Premiere of violinist and composer Mark O’Connor’s The Fallen for Solo Flute and Strings at Symphony Space. She is a co-founder, the Managing Director, and an Artist Member of the New York-based chamber music society, America’s Dream Chamber Artists, with whom she performs throughout the U.S., and a member of composer Huang Ruo’s Ensemble FIRE. Eveline Kuhn has performed in The Curtis Symphony Orchestra at the Verbier Festival and Academy in Switzerland, under the direction of James Levine and Kent Nagano. She has been heard on NPR, WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase, and WNYC; has appeared in The New York Sun, Houston Chronicle, and The News-Times (Danbury, CT); and has been featured in Schweizer Familie magazine, Tages Anzeiger (Switzerland), and Zürichsee-Zeitung (Switzerland).

Cellist Arash Amini has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout North America, Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan, and Botswana. His many performances include his New York debut recital in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” with the Oakland East Bay Symphony; at two Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops in Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, Bargemusic, Smithsonian Institution, Verbier Festival and Academy in Switzerland, Bard Music Festival, and the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian; on Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Curtis Alumni Recital series; and for The Creative Coalition and Americans for the Arts. He has also performed chamber music with André Watts, Barbara Hendricks, Nigel Kennedy, Cho-Liang Lin, Mischa Maisky, Julian Lloyd Webber, and Sharon Isbin. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with David Soyer, and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Aldo Parisot, Arash Amini is a co-founder, the Artistic Director, and an Artist Member of America’s Dream Chamber Artists, with whom he performs throughout the U.S.

Arash Amini has performed as solo cellist with Christina Perri, as the cellist of Mark O’Connor’s piano trio- including with Rosanne Cash, as Principal Cellist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. He has performed countless world and U.S. premieres of solo and chamber music works; his performances have been heard on NPR, WQXR, and WNYC; he has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, and Tages Anzeiger (Switzerland); Chamber Music, The Strad, Symphony, and Muso magazines; on Voice of America broadcasts; and has recorded for the EMI, Naxos, New World, Albany, and Bridge Records labels. Arash Amini is a Daniel Pearl World Music Days Artist; the Artistic Director and Concert Coordinator and an Artist of Musicians Emergency Fund; and he has served on the faculty of the Mark O’Connor Strings Conference in San Diego.
     

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