Barbara Govatos, Music Director
PO Box 3537 
Wilmington, DE 19807-3537

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Barbara Govatos, violin

Violinist BARBARA GOVATOS  has collaborated as soloist and chamber musician with such artists as Riccardo Muti, Radu Lupu, Christopher Parkening, Wolfgang Sawallisch, the Emerson Quartet, and with the Dallas Symphony, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Juilliard Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony. Barbara has performed at the Marlboro, Salzburg, Saratoga and Marblehead Music Festivals, and given concerts and master classes at UCLA, Mt. Holyoke College, University of Delaware, Bucknell University and Westminster Conservatory of Rider University. She is a frequent guest artist with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Hildegard Chamber Players, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series and the Amerita Chamber Players. A member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1982, Ms. Govatos has also been Music Director of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival since 1990. As founder and music director of the Academy Chamber Players, she and her husband created the Home-Aid concerts, which benefit the homeless in Philadelphia. In the spring of 1998, Barbara performed as Assistant Concertmaster of the Maggio Musicale Festival Orchestra in Florence, Italy at the invitation of Zubin Mehta. In February 2000, she made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut performing the complete Violin Sonatas of Brahms with pianist Marcantonio Barone. Ms. Govatos received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she was a scholarship student of the legendary pedagogue, Ivan Galamian. Her instrument is a violin made by the brothers Hieronymus and Antonius Amati in Cremona, 1619.Barbara teaches privately and  is on the advisory board of Astral Artistic Services, an organization that promotes and advises talented young artists.

Festival Quartet
Barbara Govatos, violin
Hirono Oka, violin
Burchard Tang, viola
Clancy Newman, cello
Guest Artists
Yumi Kendall, cello
Conor Hanick, piano
John Koen, cello

This program is made possible, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware. For additional information on arts activities in Delaware, visit the Delaware Division of the Arts website.


The Delaware Chamber Music Festival will extend and increase interest in classical music in Delaware by bringing to the public top quality chamber music performances at an affordable cost to attendees. Offerings will include chamber music concerts plus outreach programs for families and younger audiences, and will feature innovative mixes of traditional and contemporary classical music.