“One of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse News), Stephanie Chase has performed in twenty-five countries as featured soloist with the world’s most eminent orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, American Classical Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony (Mexico), Hanover Band, San Francisco Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. The “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe) of Ms. Chase’s performances have been rewarded with a top medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
A remarkably versatile artist, Ms. Chase excels in the virtuoso’s repertoire and contemporary music as well as historically-informed performance practice, and she offers a diverse repertoire of over sixty major works for violin and orchestra, from Bach to Zwilich. During the 2012/2013, among the works she will perform are Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra) and two of the most technically-challenging works in a violinist’s repertoire, Bizet-Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy and Ravel’s Tzigane.
In 2009 her 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. In 2012/2013 Chase and Buechner are presenting all ten of Beethoven’s Sonatas in three-concert series, in cities that include New York and Vancouver, and will record them in 2013.
A specialist in Beethoven’s music, Stephanie Chase made the first recording ever of his Violin Concerto and Romances on period instruments, which features her own cadenzas and has been declared “one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the work’s recording history” (Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Cambridge University Press) and honored with the highest possible ratings by BBC Music Magazine and Classic CD. She has also premiered music by composers that include Joan Tower, Earl Kim, Edward Applebaum, Yehudi Wyner, Richard Pearson Thomas, and Taavo Virkhaus.
Born in Illinois to musician parents, Ms. Chase gave her first public performance at age two and made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at nine, as the youngest winner ever of the orchestra’s Youth Competition. After her Carnegie Hall debut at age eighteen, she became a favorite pupil of the legendary Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux and subsequently studied chamber music at the Marlboro Festival.
In addition to her solo appearances, Ms. Chase is a guest of illustrious music festivals that include Caramoor, Music from Marlboro, Bravo! Vail, Chautauqua, Bargemusic, Sommerfest (Minnesota Orchestra), Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, Kuhmo (Finland), and Nuits de Bourgogne.
Recordings by Ms. Chase, for labels that include Koch International Classics (now E-1 Entertainment), Cala Records and Harmonia Mundi, have been designated “To Die For” by Stereophile and “Record of the Month” by Classic CD. As a music educator, she gives master classes throughout the United States and teaches violin at New York University’s Steinhardt School. She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Music of the Spheres Society, which is “dedicated to exploring the links between music, philosophy and the sciences” (The New Yorker) and an accomplished music arranger whose string orchestra versions of virtuoso violin music are performed by the Perlman Chamber Orchestra and recorded by The American String Project on MSR Classics.
Stephanie Chase plays a violin noted for its power and beautiful tonal qualities that was made in 1742 by Petrus Guarnerius, which she pairs with a bow by Dominique Peccatte. For additional information about Ms. Chase, please visit her website at www.stephaniechase.com.