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Steven Dann (b1953)

Steven Dann has held the position of principal viola with some of the world's finest orchestras. Now he devotes his time to performing as a soloist and chamber musician and commissioning and performing works by many of the leading composers of our time. Steven Dann was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1953. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he studied viola with Lorand Fenyves. Other teachers have included William Primrose in Banff, Robert Pikler in Sydney, and Bruno Giuranna in Siena. He also spent six summers at the Banff School of Fine Arts studying the string quartet repertoire with Zoltan Szekely and other members of the Hungarian String Quartet. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto in 1977, he was named Principal Viola of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, a position he has subsequently held with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Vancouver Symphony and until 2000, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He performed concertos with these orchestras under the direction of leading conductors. He has also been a guest principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and, in both performance and recordings, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Berglund and Pierre Boulez. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players in Washington D.C. and is violist of the Axelrod String Quartet who are resident at the Smithsonian Institute. As both a performer and



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