Steven Dann

Steven Dann (born December 27, 1953) is a Canadian violist.[1][2][3]

Early yearsEdit

Dann was born in Burnaby, British Columbia. He played the violin until 1970, when he switched to the viola. He began studying with Lorand Fenyves in Toronto in 1972, and continued his studies until he graduated from the University of Toronto in 1977. During this time, he also studied with Robert Pikler in Australia, as well as William Primrose and Bruno Giuranna.

Dann has held the position of principal viola with a number of orchestras, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

As soloist, Dann has performed concerti with several orchestras, as well as with conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir John Eliot Gardiner Ricardo del Carmen Fortuny and Andrew Davis. He has also commissioned concerti and chamber works from a number of composers, notably Alexina Louie, Christos Hatzis and Kaija Saariaho. He is a noted chamber musician as well as a member of the Axelrod Quartet and the Smithsonian Chamber Players, both based in Washington, D.C.


Viola musicEdit

  • Brahms Viola Works; Steven Dann (viola); Lambert Orkis (piano); Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano); ATMA Classique ACD2 2350 (2006)
Sonata No.1 in F minor for viola and piano, Op.120 No.1 (1894)
Sonata No.2 in E major for viola and piano, Op.120 No.2 (1894)
2 Gesänge (2 Songs) for alto, viola and piano, Op.91 (1884)
  • De Bréville • Koechlin • Tournemire: Sonatas & Suite; Steven Dann (viola); James Parker (piano); ATMA Classique ACD2 2519 (2013)
Pierre de Bréville – Sonata for viola and piano (1944)
Charles Koechlin – Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 53 (1911–1913)
Charles TournemireSuite en trois parties (Suite in Three Parts) for viola and piano, Op. 11 (1897)
  • Portrait of the Viola; Steven Dann (viola); Bruce Vogt (piano); Musica Viva MVCD1072 (1994)
Rebecca Clarke – Sonata for viola and piano (1919)
Arnold BaxLegend for viola and piano (1929)
Igor StravinskyÉlégie for viola solo (1944)
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsRomance for viola and piano (c.1914)
Hermann ReutterCinco Caprichos sobre Cervantes (5 Caprices on Cervantes) for viola solo (1968)
Jean CoulthardSonata Rhapsody for viola and piano (1962)

Chamber musicEdit

  • Chamber Suite: Catherine Wilson and Friends; DoReMi (2008)
Felix Mendelssohn – Sextet in D Major for piano and strings, Op. 110 (1824); Catherine Wilson, Marie Bérard, Steven Dann, Max Mandel, David Hetherington, Joel Quarrington
Srul Irving GlickThe Old Toronter Klezmer Suite, Quintet for piano and strings (1998); Catherine Wilson, Marie Bérard, Steven Dann, David Hetherington, Joel Quarrington
  • Musique de Chambre Française; Susan Hoeppner (flute); Annalee Patipatanakoon (clarinet); Erika Raum (violin); Joaquin Valdepenas (violin); Steven Dann (viola); Amanda Forsyth (cello); Judy Loman (harp); Marquis Music (2005)
Claude DebussySonate en trio for flute, viola and harp, L.137 (1915)
Maurice RavelIntroduction et Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet (1905)
Albert RousselSérénade for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp, Op.30 (1925)
André JolivetChant de Linos for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp (1944)
String Quartet No.6 "Requiem für Fanny" in F minor, Op.80 (1847)
Four Pieces for string quartet, Op.81
String Quintet No.2 in B major, Op.87 (1845)
  • Mendelssohn • Gade: Octets for Strings; Smithsonian Chamber Players; Sony Classical (1992)
Felix Mendelssohn – String Octet in E major, Op.20 (1825)
Niels Gade – String Octet in F major, Op.17 (1849)
  • Right through the Bone: Julius Röntgen Chamber Music; ARC Ensemble; RCA Red Seal 88697-15837-2 (2007)
Piano Quintet in A minor, Op.100 (1927)
Trio in E major for clarinet, viola and piano (1921)
Sonata in C minor for viola and piano (1924)
String Sextet in G major (1931)
  • Kaija SaariahoJe sens un deuxième coeur for viola, cello and piano (2003); Steven Dann (viola); Anssi Karttunen (cello), Tuija Hakkila (piano); Ondine 1189-2 (2012)
  • Franz Schubert – Quintet in C major for 2 violins, viola and 2 cellos, D.956; Smithsonian Chamber Players; Sony Classical (1991)
  • Louis Spohr: Octet, Sextet, Quintet; Smithsonian Chamber Players; Sony Classical (1993)
Double String Quartet No.1 in D minor, Op.65
String Sextet in C major, Op.140
String Quintet No.2 in G major "Grande Quintetto", Op.33 No.2
  • Tōru TakemitsuAnd Then I Knew 'Twas Wind for flute, viola and harp (1992); Robert Aitken (flute); Steven Dann (viola); Erica Goodman (harp); Naxos (2003)
  • Mieczysław Weinberg – Piano Quintet, Op.18 (1944); ARC Ensemble; RCA Red Seal (2006)


  1. ^ "dann". Toronto Star. 16 October 1999. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Players prove value of rare instruments". Toronto Star. 24 October 1999. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  3. ^ Kozinn, Allan (10 February 2009). "Peering Into Complex Cloud Formations and Finding Sunshine". New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2010.

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