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Stephanie Chase

  • Conductor
  • Violinist

Biography

Stephanie Chase has performed in twenty-five countries with many of the world's most distinguished orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia (London), Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Hanover Band, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Herbert Blomstedt, Frans BrГ?ggen, Zubin Mehta and Leonard Slatkin. Stephanie Chase is a remarkably versatile musician who excels in both the standard virtuosic repertoire and period instrument practice. Her concerto repertoire of over fifty-five works features many 20th century composers, including premieres of works by Edward Applebaum, Taavo Virkhaus, Earl Kim and Yehudi Wyner. Ms. Chase's strong interest in musicology is revealed through her mastery of Classical-period stylistic practice and her scholarly research of violin masterworks, including the concerti of Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms. She has composed her own cadenzas for several concerti, including those of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.


Ms. Chase has recently been concertizing both as violin soloist and conductor. These performances have generated great enthusiasm among musicians, audiences and critics alike. Stephanie Chase is artistic director and co-founder of the non-profit organization, The Music of the Spheres Society. Founded in 2001, Music of the Spheres promotes classical music through innovative programs of chamber music concerts, lectures, and educational workshops that illuminate music's historical, philosophical, and scientific foundations. These programs, which feature renowned musicians and scholars, are presented in the greater New York City area and on tours throughout the United States.


Recordings made by Stephanie Chase include standard concerto repertoire, concerti performed on period instruments and 20th century chamber music works. Her recording of Beethoven's Violin Concerto is "one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the work's recorded history" (Cambridge University Press) and has been honored with the highest possible ratings by BBC Music Magazine and Classic CD. Stereophile featured her recording of Ravel's Tzigane as a "Record to Die For." Most recently, Ms. Chase's album of music for violin and piano by the Bohemian-American composer Rudolf Friml was released on Koch Records to great acclaim.


Born in Illinois to musician parents, Stephanie Chase was nationally recognized as a child prodigy by the age of six; at eight, she made her Chicago Symphony debut as winner of the orchestra's Youth Competition. At eighteen, she made her Carnegie Hall debut, by which time she was already concertizing nationally both as soloist and recitalist. Ms. Chase's earliest violin teachers were her mother, Fannie Chase, and Juilliard faculty member, Sally Thomas. Shortly after her Carnegie Hall debut, she became a pupil of the legendary Belgian violinist, Arthur Grumiaux. Stephanie Chase has been top prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She performs on a violin made in 1742 by Pietro Guarnerius that has been in her family for over fifty years.