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"Rich, passionate tone, dead-true intonation throughout and virtuosity galore” (Gramophone) are the hallmarks of violinist Stephanie Chase, whose playing is widely acclaimed for its "elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination" (Boston Globe).

Chase's triumphant win at the 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.

As soloist, Chase has played with the world's most eminent orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and New York Philharmonic. Her recording of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, the first ever on period instruments, 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.

Other recordings by Stephanie Chase have been selected by Stereophile as a "Record to Die For" and by Gramophone for its “Hot List,” and include three world premieres. Her recording of Brahm's Horn Trio - on original instruments with hornist Lowell Greer and pianist Steven Lubin - was recently featured in the audioguide of Continental Airlines flights.

A remarkably versatile musician who excels in the virtuoso soloist's repertoire, period instrument practice, contemporary music, chamber music, music arrangement, and music education, Chase's diverse solo repertoire encompasses Bach and Vivaldi to Bernstein and Zwilich and includes over sixty concerti and major works for violin and orchestra. She has also premiered music by composers such as Richard Pearson Thomas, Edward Applebaum, Earl Kim, Jorge Liderman, and Taavo Virkhaus.

Born in Illinois to musician parents, Stephanie Chase gave her first public appearance at age two. At age eight, she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony as the youngest winner ever of the orchestra's Youth Competition. Ms. Chase's first violin teacher was her mother, Fannie Chase, followed by studies in New York with Sally Thomas. As a teenager, she embarked on extensive national tours as a soloist and recitalist, and made her Carnegie Hall debut at age eighteen. Shortly thereafter she became a pupil of the legendary Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux, which was followed by summer chamber music studies at the famed Marlboro Festival with many of the 20th century's most prominent musicians.

Also renowned as a chamber musician, Stephanie Chase was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society for fifteen years and toured internationally with the group, and she is featured on several recordings made by the Society of diverse repertoire. As a recitalist, she has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. Her other chamber music appearances include concerts in Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, 92nd Street Y, Bargemusic, and festivals including Caramoor, Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music, Sommerfest (sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra) and Kuhmo (Finland). In 2010 she replaced another artist on one day's notice for three concerts at the Bravo! Vail Festival, which included the premiere of Joan Tower's Piano Quartet.

Stephanie Chase is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Music of the Spheres Society, which presents chamber music concerts and lectures that explore the links between music, philosophy and the sciences. As a conductor, she has led concerts by the Jupiter Symphony, The Chamber Orchestra of the Spheres, and the Symphony by the Sea.

Recently, Chase has followed the example of her father, Bruce Chase, and added music arrangement to her list of accomplishments. The American String Project has performed and released on recording "A Fantasy about Carmen," her work inspired by Sarasate's virtuoso Carmen Fantasy for violin and orchestra. This work has also been performed at Carnegie Hall by Itzhak Perlman and the students of the Perlman Music Program. Her arrangements of three additional works by Sarasate – Caprice Basque, Romanza Andaluza and Ziguenerweisen - were premiered by TASP in 2006 and are available on MSR Classics. The same group commissioned her in 2009 to arrange Siete Canciones populares Espagñolas for string orchestra (from the original songs by Manuel de Falla), which were featured in concert that May.

Chase’s latest recording is of music for violin and piano by the Bohemian composer Viteslava Krapalova, for Koch International Classics (now E-1 Entertainment).

Stephanie Chase resides in New York and teaches violin at New York University’s Steinhardt School and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She has given master classes throughout the United States and in Mexico and France. From 2007 to 2011 she programmed and hosted a “Music and Imagination” course at the Philoctetes Center.  On October 19, 2011, she gave the apparent North American concert premiere of Niccolo Paganini's demanding "Sonata in A Major, MS 83," which he composed at the time that he was given his famed "Cannon" violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu.

For relaxation, Chase studies the Music of the Spheres, researches her genealogy – which on her father’s side directly links to the Massachusetts Bay colonist Aquila Chase and Salmon Portland Chase, a major figure in United States politics during the mid-1800’s - and does weight training.
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