Styra Avins


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A New Yorker, Styra Avins earned a B.A. in Social Studies from the City College of New York, then went on to continue cello studies at the Juilliard School and earn a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

As cellist she has played with the Seoul Symphony, the American Symphony, and the New York City Opera Orchestra, and she has been the cellist of several chamber music groups. For much of her adult life she has taught cello, including a ten-year appointment to the music faculty of the United Nations International School. For another ten years she was Adjunct Professor of Music History at Drew University.

Avins now divides time between performing and writing. She is author of Johannes Brahms, Life and Letters (Oxford University Press, 1997) and chapters for several standard works on Brahms, including Performing Brahms (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Brahms and His World (Princeton University Press, 2009), and the Oxford Companion to Music. Her latest project is for a Cambridge University book about the music Brahms wrote for domestic music-making. She also contributes to a growing list of professional and popular music journals.

Avins is a member of the Queens Symphony in New York and freelances in New York and New Jersey.


The Joseph Joachim at 185 conference is supported in part by a generous grant from the

University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities

Burt Feintuch, director

We are grateful for additional financial and practical support from the


Ryan C. McClelland, President


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Christoph Mücher, Director

the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Academic Exchange Service


Dr. Nina Lemmens, Director DAAD North America
and Michael Thomanek, Senior Program Officer

and from

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 9.40.16 AMMagazin für Klassische Musik und Musikwissenschaft
Geschäftsstellenleiter: Mathias Brösicke


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