Violinist Daniel Stepner is Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival and Foundation. He is Professor Emeritus of Brandeis University, where for 29 years he was first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet. He was also concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra for 24 years and a founding member of the Boston Museum Trio, in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts for 30 years.
As soloist, chamber player and orchestral player, Mr. Stepner has performed music of four centuries and recorded extensively, including Sonatas and Partitas of J. S. Bach, the complete Sonatas of Charles Ives, early music on period instruments, and contemporary music of many living composers. As Director of the Aston Magna’s Festival, he has programmed, led and recorded Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo, and Handel’s oratorio The Triumph of Time and Truth, cantatas of Bach, and myriad chamber works from the rich store of baroque and early classical music. He has recorded unaccompanied works of Hindemith, Ysaÿe, Bartók, John Harbison, Peter Child, Thomas Oboe Lee and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, as well as violin/piano sonatas of Boston-based composers Irving Fine, Harold Shapero, Yehudi Wyner, Yu-Hui Chang and David Rakowsky.
A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Stepner studied in Chicago with Steven Staryk, in France with Nadia Boulanger, and with Broadus Erle at Yale, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has taught violin and/or coached chamber music at the New England Conservatory, the Eastman School, the Longy School, and at Brandeis and Harvard Universities, and he currently teaches in Boston’s STEP program, privately at home, and in workshops at Brandeis University. More details can be found at danielstepner.com.