A native of Los Angeles, violinist Steven Copes leads a diverse musical life as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, and teacher. Since joining the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster in 1998 he has performed solo works by Berg, Brahms, Hindemith, Kirchner, Lutoslawski, Mozart, Piazzolla, Prokofiev, and Weill; and led the orchestra from the chair in several eclectic, acclaimed programs. He gave the world premiere of George Tsontakis’s Grawemeyer Award-winning Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003) and recorded the work for Koch Records.A frequent guest concertmaster, Mr. Copes has recorded and toured extensively in Europe and Asia with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has performed in the same capacity with the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco symphonies; the London Philharmonic; and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.Mr. Copes co-founded the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado and is a member of the Twin Cities chamber group Accordo. He has also performed with the Boston and Seattle chamber music societies and at the Bridgehampton, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla Summerfest, Mainly Mozart, Mozaic, Norfolk, Salt Bay Chamber, Santa Fe Chamber, Skaneateles, and the Styriarte (Graz) festivals, among others. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School.