Violinist Stephen Tavani was recently appointed as Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, where he will begin his role at the start of the 2018-2019 season. Currently he is concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, where he has served since 2016, and holds the Joseph and Marie Field Chair. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. As soloist, he has performed with Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the National Repertory Orchestra under Andrew Litton, the American Youth Symphony, the Brentwood Westwood Symphony, and others. Mr. Tavani recently has served as guest concertmaster for the Louisiana Philharmonic, and has served as concertmaster of many orchestras, including the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Americas for a tour of Eastern Canada, the National Repertory Orchestra, the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra and the Colburn Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Tavani has collaborated with many great musicians, including Edgar Meyer, members of Quatour Ebene, Roberto Díaz, Peter Wiley, Paul Katz, Shai Wosner, Meng-Chieh Liu, Jon Kimura Parker, Ronald Leonard, Clive Greensmith, José Franch-Ballester, and Daniel Hope. He has been an artist at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival since 2016, and will return in summer 2018. He has performed at the 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 has played with 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, including clarinetist José Franch-Ballester. He also has taught masterclasses in both Spain and Germany, including at the conservatories in Alicante and Bremen.
Mr. Tavani performed at the 11th Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, where he advanced to the semi-final round. He also participated in the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Competition, and was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand. 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 and Arnold Steinhardt. He is currently completing his studies in the Concertmaster Academy program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he is working 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
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