Steven Copes

Concertmaster, John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Chair

Violinist Steven Copes joined the SPCO as Concertmaster in 1998, leading the orchestra from the first chair, performing concertos old and new, and joining his colleagues in chamber music. He is an enthusiastic advocate of the music of today, having given the world premiere of George Tsontakis’ Grammy-nominated Violin Concerto No. 2 (recorded with the SPCO for KOCH Records), as well as the NY premiere of Lutoslawski’s Subito for Violin and Piano. Copes has performed at chamber music festivals and concert series such as Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Chestnut Hill, Colorado College, La Jolla Summerfest, Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series, Marlboro, Mozaic, Skaneateles & Styriarte in Graz. He founded Accordo, a dynamic chamber group now in its 7th season, presented by the Schubert Club & Kate Nordstrum Projects. Copes is also a frequent Guest Concertmaster, having led the Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Mahler Chamber Orchestra on numerous tours and recordings, and has served in the same capacity with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. He holds degrees from Curtis & Juilliard, and performs on a violin made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz in 2014.