Steven Copes

Steven Copes, violin

Violinist Steven Copes leads a diverse life as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. A native of Los Angeles, he became concertmaster of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1998, and since then has performed concertos by Berg, Brahms, Hindemith, Kirchner, Lutoslawski, Mozart, Prokofiev and Weill. A zealous advocate of today’s music, he gave the world premiere of George Tsontakis’ Grammy-nominated Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003), which won the 2005 Grawemeyer Award and has been recorded for KOCH Records. Copes was co-founder and director of Colorado’s Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival and is a founder and member of Accordo, a chamber group in Minneapolis/St. Paul, now in its fifth season. He has performed at festivals and concert series including the Boston Chamber Music Society, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, Marlboro, Music in the Vineyards, Norfolk, Mozaic, and Seattle Chamber Music Society, among others. A frequent guest leader with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Copes has served in the same capacity with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, London Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute and Juilliard, and studied with Robert Lipsett, Aaron Rosand, Robert Mann and Felix Galimir for chamber music.