Violinist Stephen Tavani was recently appointed as Assistant Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician around the world. The New York Times commented about his playing that “…Tavani sometimes cooled his tone to the smoothness of frosted glass, adding a soft-focus filter to the chiseled melodies…” He has performed as soloist with conductors Carlos Miguel Prieto and Andrew Litton, and performed recitals and chamber music concerts in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Finland, and New Zealand. Before joining the Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Tavani served as concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and he has served as guest concertmaster for the Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic. He has been concertmaster of many other orchestras as well, including the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Americas, the National Repertory Orchestra, the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra and the Colburn Orchestra. Upcoming performances highlights include a concerto performance at the MasterWorks Festival this summer, and a tour with Musicians from Marlboro this coming fall.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Tavani has collaborated with many great musicians, such as Edgar Meyer, members of Quatour Ebene, Roberto Díaz, Peter Wiley, Paul Katz, Shai Wosner, Meng-Chieh Liu, Jon Kimura Parker, Ronald Leonard, Clive Greensmith, Marcy Rosen, José Franch-Ballester, and Daniel Hope. He has appeared at many music festivals and chamber music series, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Dresden Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Colburn Chamber Music Society, Curtis Recital Series, and with Curtis On Tour and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble. Mr. Tavani is also a member of the New York Classical Players and the Dolce Suono Ensemble. He toured extensively with a chamber ensemble from Curtis On Tour throughout Spain and Germany, giving concerts in Berlin (at the Konzerthaus), Bremen, Dresden, Munich, and Valencia collaborating with Curtis students and alumni. He also has taught masterclasses in both Spain and Germany, including at the conservatories in Alicante and Bremen.
Mr. Tavani has participated at international violin competitions including Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, where he advanced to the semi-final round, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand, where he was one of only two American competitors. Mr. Tavani holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. While at Curtis, he held the Dorothy J. del Bueno Fellowship. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied with Robert Lipsett. He completed his studies in the Concertmaster Academy program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he worked with William Preucil. Other previous teachers include Aaron Rosand, Shirley Givens, and Ronda Cole. He plays on a W.E. Hill & Sons bow generously loaned by Tom Frisina.
Mr. Tavani is happily married to his wife Amanda, a double bassist and music educator. He grew up in Northern Virginia in a musical family of six brothers, including two cellists, another violinist, and a pianist. His mother is a voice teacher and lyric soprano, his father a family physician and pianist. Learn more about Mr. Tavani at his website: stephentavani.com, and visit his youtube page at youtube.com/stavani1
Bio current as of 5/19