photo by Susan Wilson

Daniel Stepner, violin

We salute Daniel Stepner as he retires from being our first violinist this spring following 29 amazing years with the Lydian String Quartet (see news story here)! Dan joined the LSQ as first violinist in 1987.  A Professor of the Practice on the faculty at Brandeis University, Mr. Stepner is also a Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival in the Berkshires. As a touring musician, he has played in 11 countries in Western Europe and the former Soviet Union, and throughout Australia and the United States. He has performed and recorded a wide repertoire on period and contemporary instruments. In addition to the Lydian String Quartet's many recordings, he has recorded chamber music by Buxtehude, Bach, Marais, Rameau, Vivaldi, Telemann, Mozart, Schubert, Charles Ives, Harold Shapero, Irving Fine, Yehudi Wyner, David Rakowski and Yu-Hui Chang.  His recent CD releases also include the Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach (along with his transcription of the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue), and an album of 20th Century masterworks for solo violin, including music of Bartók, Hindemith, Ysaÿe and Perkinson.  Stepner studied with Steven Staryk in Chicago, Nadia Boulanger in France, and Broadus Erle at Yale.