Steven Moeckel’s extensive command of the concerto repertoire including the works of Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Berg, and Ysaÿe has brought him acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the U.S. As a soloist and concert artist, he is known for his artful interpretations, rich sound, and technical prowess. As a chamber artist, Moeckel has performed as violinist of the Makart Trio Salzburg with Erika Frieser and Dana Micacoi, and as first violinist of the Auraeus quartet in concerts throughout Europe. His notable U.S. appearances include the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where he performed with Leon Fleisher and Menachem Pressler, and an engagement with the 2008 Sewanee Music Festival where appeared with cellist Andres Diaz in Brahms Double Concerto.

Moeckel also frequently appears in recital with celebrated pianist Pauia Fan. His semifinal round performance at the 2005 Sibelius Competition, accompanied by Fan, received multiple curtain calls from the audience and rave reviews in the Helsinki press. Their debut CD, ‘Herein Lies the Soul…’ was released in 2007 and the duo completed two highly successful recital tours in Mexico and Costa Rica during the spring of 2008.

Born in Germany, Steven Moeckel began his musical career at an early age, first as violinist, then performing at the age of eleven as principal soprano soloist for the renowned Vienna Boys Choir. After leaving the choir, he resumed violin studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, graduating with honors at the age of nineteen. He immediately assumed the position of Co-concertmaster of Germany’s Ulm Philharmonic, where he remained for three seasons. Moeckel’s principal teachers include Helmut Zehetmair, Leonidas Kavakos and the distinguished American violinist Miriam Fried. Moeckel currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona where he performs regularly as soloist and holds the Concertmaster position of the Phoenix Symphony.

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