Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist
Stephanie Chase, violin

Poster by HVB Design

Poster by HVB Design

The Williams College Department of Music presents violinist Stephanie Chase on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public.

As part of the music department’s Visiting Artist series, violinist Stephanie Chase presents a program titled, “The Art of the Solo Violin: Music composed between 1720 and 1956.” Stephanie Chase is internationally recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era,” (Newhouse Newspapers) and has performed as a soloist with over 170 orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and London Symphony Orchestra.

“The Art of the Solo Violin” features composers from over three centuries, including J.S. Bach and Bartók. The Ciaccona from the Partita in D Minor for violin solo by J. S. Bach shares the program with music of Bach’s contemporary, George Telemann, the Fantasia for violin solo No. 10 in D Major. Ms. Chase presents sonatas by 20th-century giants Bartók and Prokofiev, as well as the lesser-known but musically important Ernst Krenek (1900-1991). Ms. Chase introduces to the Williams audience to “Variations on a Chinese Popular Theme” by Hiao-Tsiun Ma (1911-1991), father of the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Hiao-Tsiun Ma was a composer, musicologist, conductor and teacher who founded the Children’s Orchestra in New York.

About Stephanie Chase
Stephanie Chase’s interpretations elicit glowing reviews for their “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe), “stunning power” (Louisville CourierJournal), “matchless technique” (BBC Music Magazine), and “virtuosity galore” (Gramophone).

A top medalist of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Ms. Chase has performed concerts in twenty-five countries throughout the world and is a recipient of the esteemed Avery Fisher Career Grant.

A remarkably versatile artist, Stephanie Chase excels in the virtuoso’s repertoire and contemporary music as well as historically-informed performance practice. Born in Illinois to musician parents, Ms. Chase was noted as a child prodigy whose first public appearance was at the age of two years, and she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at age eight. Her Carnegie Hall debut at eighteen was followed by appearances as soloist and in recital at major venues throughout the world.  Her recordings include the first ever of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on period instruments, which features her own cadenzas and is acclaimed as “one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the work’s recording history” (Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Cambridge University Press). Additional performances by Ms. Chase in 2013/2014 include a recital of Russian music at New York’s prestigious Kaufmann Hall and appearances with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Collaborative Symphony and the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra at the newly-opened, acoustically superlative Bing Concert Hall.

Stephanie Chase plays a violin noted for its power and beautiful tonal qualities that was made in 1742 by Petrus Guarnerius, which she pairs with a bow by Dominique Peccatte. For additional information about Ms. Chase, please visit her website at