The American violinist and conductor, Daniel Stepner, had his first music lessons from his parents and studied with Steven Staryk in Chicago, Nadia Boulanger in France, and Broadus Erle at Yale University, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Daniel Stepner has performed and recorded a wide repertoire on period and contemporary instruments, including solo and chamber music from 1589 through 2002. He has recorded Baroque sonatas by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Rameau, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann and Marais, major chamber works of Mozart, Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré, as well as contemporary music by composers as Charles Ives (violin and piano sonatas), Irving Fine, William Schuman, John Harbison, and Yehudi Wyner.
Daniel Stepner has been concertmaster for a number of orchestras, including Boston Baroque, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony. As a touring musician, he has played in eleven countries in Western Europe and the former Soviet Union, and throughout Australia and the USA.
Daniel Stepner enters his 18th season as Concertmaster of Handel and Haydn Society in fall 2004. His artistic achievements with the Society recently won him special praise in the Boston Herald, "Concertmaster Daniel Stepner plays early music like no other local violinist. He's a true leader." Daniel Stepner is also first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet (in residence at Brandeis University), a member of the Boston Museum Trio (resident a the MFA), Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival in the Berkshires, and a Preceptor in Music at Harvard University.
Daniel Stepner has taught violin and chamber music at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Eastman School of Music, and the Longy School of Music, and he now teaches at Brandeis University and at Harvard, where he collaborates with Robert Levin in teaching the performance and analysis of chamber music.