String Faculty: Stephanie Chase

String Faculty: Stephanie Chase

Stephanie Chase is a remarkably versatile musician who excels in the virtuoso soloist's repertoire, period instrument practice, contemporary music, chamber music, and music education.   In her solo performances with some of the world's most eminent orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, and New York Philharmonic, her playing has been acclaimed for its "elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination" (Boston Globe).
Professor Chase's recording of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, on period instruments and featuring her own cadenzas, has been declared "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.  Recordings by Ms. Chase have been selected by Stereophile as "Records to Die For" and included on Gramophone's "Hot List".  Her diverse solo repertoire encompasses Bach and Vivaldi to Bernstein and Zwilich and includes over sixty concerti and major works for violin and orchestra.

Born in Illinois to musician parents, Professor Chase made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at the age of eight, the youngest winner of the orchestra's Youth Competition.  She made her Carnegie Hall debut at age eighteen and shortly thereafter became a pupil of the acclaimed Belgian violinist, Arthur Grumiaux.  

Professor Chase's triumphant win in 1982 at the international Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow led to performances throughout the world as soloist with international orchestras and the award of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1987.

Also renowned as a chamber musician, Professor Chase was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society for fifteen years and toured internationally with the group; she is featured on several recordings made by the Society.  She is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Music of the Spheres Society, which just completed its fifth season of presenting chamber music concerts and lectures that explore the links between music, philosophy, and the sciences.

As a conductor, Ms. Chase made her New York City debut in January 2003 in a program that included Schoenberg's Kammersymphonie No. 1 and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.  Most recently, she has added music arranging to her list of accomplishments: A Fantasy about Carmen, a work for string quintet that was inspired by Sarasate's virtuoso Carmen Fantasy for violin and orchestra was performed in Zankel Hall (at Carnegie Hall) in a string orchestra version by the Perlman Music Program orchestra, conducted by Itzhak Perlman, to great acclaim in February 2005.  Her arrangement for string orchestra of additional works by Sarasate --  Basque Caprice, Andalusian Romance and Ziguenerweisen--  had their debut performance by The American String Project in June 2006.

Professor Chase has previously been on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she has given master classes in violin performance throughout the country, including at the Juilliard School, the CUNY graduate program, Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Rice University, Milwaukee Conservatory, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Chase's newest recording -- Rudolf Friml's music for violin and piano, in which she is partnered by former NYU piano faculty member, Sara Davis Buechner --  was released by Koch Records in Fall 2006.