Player Spotlight ~ Dan Stepner, baroque & modern violinist

Modern Violin Opus 78, “Rosenblith” Strad, 1986

Baroque Violin Opus 612, “Leduc” Guarneri, 2008

Dan Stepner“I am thrilled with my new baroque violin. It’s modeled on a Guarneri del Gesù, and has a wonderful quality throughout; I am particularly taken with the silvery E string sound, which projects so easily.”

Violin Opus 612, "Leduc" Guarneri 2008Daniel Stepner has performed and recorded a wide range of music on period and contemporary instruments.   He has been first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, in residence at Brandeis University, since 1987; he is also a founding member of the Boston Museum Trio, resident at the Museum of Fine Arts; for twenty-four years, he served as concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society. He is the Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival, which performs a regular summer series at Simon’s Rock College, at Bard College, and now at Brandeis University. He is also a Preceptor in Music at Harvard University, where he team-teaches a course in chamber music with Professor Robert Levin.

Mr. Stepner’s recorded repertoire includes violin sonatas of Bach, Vivaldi, Buxtehude and Telemann, and Marais; chamber music of Rameau, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, Lee Hyla, Peter Child, Martin Boykan, Yehudi Wyner, and John Harbison; and the complete violin sonatas of Charles Ives, with pianist John Kirkpatrick.  He has also conducted recordings of Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth and Monteverdi’s Orfeo (on Centaur).  Mr. Stepner hails from Wisconsin, and studied with Steven Staryk in Chicago, Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau, France; and Broadus Erle at Yale, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1978.  He plays violins of Antonio Gragnani, Sebastian Kloz and Douglas Cox.

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