Stephanie Chase is internationally
recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era”
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
Her interpretations are acclaimed for their "elegance,
dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination"
"stunning power" (Louisville
(BBC Music Magazine),
and “virtuosity galore”
“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,
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
including “Record of the Month.”
performance features her own cadenzas.
Other recordings by Ms. Chase have been selected by
as a “Record to Die For” and
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
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,
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
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
(The New Yorker).
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
and Strings Magazine.
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
Stephanie Chase plays a violin made
in Venice in 1742 by Petrus Guarnerius, which she pairs with
a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
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Stephanie Chase is represented by Carrie Feiner
Telephone: (914) 725-0200.