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 Program biography of Stephanie Chase, violinist

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Stephanie Chase is internationally recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through solo appearances with over 170 orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, and London Symphony Orchestra.  Her interpretations are acclaimed for their "elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination" (Boston Globe), "stunning power" (Louisville Courier-Journal), "matchless technique" (BBC Music Magazine), and “virtuosity galore” (Gramophone).  “Renowned for her impeccable intonation” (Temperament, Stuart Isacoff), her playing is also characterized by “great intensity and a huge tone, the epitome of the modern violinist” (The Baroque Cello Revival, Paul Laird).

A top medalist of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Stephanie Chase has performed concerts in twenty-five countries throughout the world and is a recipient of the esteemed Avery Fisher Career Grant.   

In 2009 Ms. Chase’s rendition of Elgar's Violin Concerto (with the Louisville Orchestra) was selected as a “Classical Act of the Decade” and her 2011 New York recital with pianist Sara Davis Buechner was chosen as one of "20 Concerts to Hear this Fall" by WQXR and a “Critics' Choice” by  Musical America.  During the 2012-2013 season Chase and Buechner performed all ten of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano in a highly praised three-concert series in New York.  During the current season they will be featured in New York’s prestigious 92nd Street Y in a program of works by Russian composers.  Recent and upcoming performances with orchestra include Long Beach (CA) Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Monterrey Symphony (Mexico), recitals at New York University, Bargemusic, Williams and Dickinson Colleges, and recording for WGBH radio in Boston.

Equally at home in the virtuoso's repertoire, historically informed performance practice and contemporary music, she offers a diverse repertoire of over 60 concertos and large works for violin and orchestra and has collaborated with conductors that include Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Leon Barzin, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Marin Alsop, Enrique Diemecke, Roy Goodman, Hugh Wolff and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.   With conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn, she was a featured soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic on its first trip ever to the People's Republic of China - an historic event that garnered worldwide attention. 

Ms. Chase is also an advocate of contemporary music and has premiered music by composers including Earl Kim, Edward Applebaum, Eleanor Hovda, Joan Tower, Yehudi Wyner, Richard Pearson Thomas, and Taavo Virkhaus.

Stephanie Chase’s world premiere recording on period instruments of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (on Cala Records) is “one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the work's recorded history” (“Beethoven: Violin Concerto;” Cambridge University Press) and honored with the highest possible ratings by BBC Music Magazine and Classic CD, including “Record of the Month.”  This performance features her own cadenzas.   Other recordings by Ms. Chase have been selected by Stereophile as a “Record to Die For” and Gramophone for its “Hot List,” and include three world premieres.   Recent releases on Koch International Classics include an album of music for violin and piano by the Bohemian-American composer Rudolf Friml and works for violin and piano by Viteslava Kapralova. 

Profiles of Ms. Chase have appeared in newspapers throughout the world and in such music journals as The Strad and Musical America, and her numerous television appearances include interviews for CBS "Morning News" and by Sir David Frost. More recently she has been profiled in Stay Thirsty, The Epoch Times, and Woman Around Town.

Also renowned as a chamber musician whose festival appearances include Bravo! Vail, Kuhmo, Bargemusic, Caramoor, Music from Marlboro, The American String Project, Cape Cod Chamber Music, Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest, Ms. Chase is a co-founder (2001) and Artistic Director of the Music of the Spheres Society, which presents chamber music concerts and lectures that are “dedicated to “exploring the links between music, philosophy and the sciences” (The New Yorker). 

As a former artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, she toured internationally with the group and is featured on several recordings made by the Society in a variety of repertoire.  Among the musicians with whom she has collaborated are pianists Jean-Ives Thibaudet, Jon Nakamatsu, William Wolfram, members of the Tokyo, Borromeo and Guarneri Quartets, and singers Dawn Upshaw, William Sharp, John Cheek and Dominique Labelle.

Ms. Chase also performs in the dual roles of violin soloist and conductor and is recognized as a talented music arranger whose works are performed to rave reviews by the Perlman Music Program, The American String Project, and the Music of the Spheres Society, among others.

Born in Illinois to one of America's oldest and most prominent families, Stephanie Chase's first violin teacher was her mother, and her father, (Robert) Bruce Chase, was a noted music arranger and composer as well as a violinist.  At age two she was already performing in public, and she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony six years later as the youngest winner ever of the orchestra’s Youth Competition.  At age seven she commenced studies in New York with Sally Thomas of The Juilliard School and within a few years embarked on extensive national tours as a soloist and recitalist, making her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the National Orchestral Association at age eighteen.

Shortly thereafter she became a favorite pupil of the legendary Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux, which was followed by summer chamber music studies at the famed Marlboro Festival in Vermont with many of the late-20th century’s most prominent musicians including Rudolf Serkin, David Soyer, Rudolf Firkusny and Felix Galimir.

From 2007 to 2011, Stephanie Chase programmed and hosted a "Music and Imagination" course at the Philoctetes Center in New York, an institution that was founded for the study of imagination.   She is currently a Professor of Violin at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and gives master classes at prominent music conservatories throughout the United States that include The Juilliard School, Mannes, the Shepherd School at Rice University, the University of Texas at Austin, Oberlin Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory.  A frequent judge for the concerto competitions at The Juilliard School, Ms. Chase recently was a judge for the Concorso Postacchini in Fermo, Italy, the Concert Artists Guild String Competition and the Cooper International Violin Competition.  Since 2012 she has been a music advisor for Dover Publications.  Articles written by Ms. Chase have been published by The Strad and Strings Magazine.

Ms. Chase is lineally descended (tenth generation) from Aquila Chase, who arrived from England about 1639 and settled first in Hampton, NH and then Newbury, MA. The founder of one of New England's most important family lineages, Aquila's other descendants include jurists, founders of colleges, bishops, senators and a Supreme Court judge.   Her current hobbies include studying the "music of the spheres" and the proportions of Stradivari violins, and researching her genealogy. 

Stephanie Chase plays a violin made in Venice in 1742 by Petrus Guarnerius, which she pairs with a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.

Stephanie Chase – 2013/2014 Long Program Biography

 

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