Steven Dann’s career has covered the gamut of violistic possibilities. As principal viola of some of the world’s leading orchestras, as a veteran of the string quartet and chamber music world, as soloist and recitalist and as a dedicated teacher, he enjoys all of what his instrument and his abilities can put in his path.
Mr. Dann was born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1953. His foremost teacher and mentor was the late Lorand Fenyves. In addition he studied with William Primrose, Robert Pikler and Bruno Giuranna. Mr. Dann also spent six summers studying the string quartet repertoire with Zoltan Szekely and members of the Hungarian String Quartet.
Steven Dann has collaborated as a soloist with such Maestri as Sir Andrew Davis, Rudolph Barshai, Jiri Belohlavek, Sir John Elliott Gardiner, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Since 1990 Mr. Dann has been a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players in Washington D.C. and was a founding member of the Axelrod String Quartet who are resident at the Smithsonian Institute. Mr. Dann has commissioned many new works from such composers as Alexina Louie, Peter Lieberson, R. Murray Shafer, Frederick Schipitsky and Christos Hatzis.
As both a performer and teacher, Mr. Dann is a regular guest at many international festivals including the National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program, the Domaine Forget in Charlevois, Québec and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He teaches viola and chamber music at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Mr. Dann plays a viola of Joseph Gagliano, circa 1780.