Noted for the "fiery intensity" and "poetic vision" of his playing, Cyrus Forough has received reviews which comprise a lexicon of superlatives in more than a dozen languages. A Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition, he has also won first prize in the Milwaukee Symphony Violin Competition, and along with his wife, pianist Carolyn McCracken, was a winner of the United States Artistic Ambassador Program's National Violin/Piano Duo Competition as the Forough/McCracken Duo.
Cyrus Forough has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Belgian National Radio Orchestra, NIRT, The Moscow State Orchestra, and with other orchestras internationally with such conductors as Rudolf Barshai, Zdenek Kosler, Farhad Mechkat, Paul Polivnick, Alexander Rahbari, Loris Tjeknavorian, and Andre Vandernoot.
For his post graduate studies, Mr. Forough spent three years at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the legendary violinist David Oistrakh. Upon Oistrakh's untimely death, he attended Indiana University School of Music where he studied with, and was the personal assistant to, distinguished violinist and pedagogue Josef Gingold. Today, Mr. Forough is a full-time Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Artist Teacher at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, and a faculty member of the Chicago Institute of Music.
Carnegie Mellon University, Roosevelt University and the Chicago Music Institute