Violin and Viola
B.Mus. (New England)
Violinist Nancy Dahn enjoys an international career as half of the acclaimed Duo Concertante with her husband, pianist Timothy Steeves. She has appeared in hundreds of recitals in Canada, the United States and abroad at such venues as Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Dame Myra Hess series (Chicago), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the LACMA (Los Angeles). She regularly performs at summer festivals such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Indian River Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Colours of Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, and the Tuckamore Festival, where she serves as co-artistic director.
In April 2013 she and Steeves released their sixth commercial recording – a 3 CD set of the Beethoven’s complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano for the Marquis/EMI Canada label. The Duo’s fifth disc – Wild Bird – won a JUNO award for Murray Schafer’s Duo for Violin and Piano in 2011 (Classical Composition of the Year category). Critics have described their playing as "grace and fire… fury and repose… a triumphant mass of non-stop energy" (WholeNote), "spectacular" (American Record Guide) and have praised their "artistry, poetry, and impeccable technique" (La Scena Musicale). In May 2010, Duo Concertante were named Artists of the Year by the NLAC.
As a soloist, Nancy Dahn has performed concertos by Beethoven, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Part, Lou Harrison, and Andrew MacDonald with orchestras in Canada and the United States. The Halifax Chronicle Herald praised her "powerful musical instincts and flawless technique" in her recent performance of the Bruch Concerto.
Dahn is an inspiring and dedicated teacher who has given hundreds of workshops and master classes across Canada and in the U.S. and China including at the Glenn Gould Professional School, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Victoria, Ithaca College, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, UBC, University of Victoria, Mount Royal College, and Bishop’s University. She also teaches at the Domaine Forget’s summer Academy.
Her students have been accepted for graduate studies at schools such as the Juilliard School, Rice University, the New England Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music, McGill University, the Guildhall School, the University of Toronto, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Glenn Gould Professional School. Many hold positions in orchestras across Canada including the Vancouver Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Winnipeg Symphony.
Dahn received her training at the New England Conservatory of Music with Masuko Ushioda, the Juilliard School with Glenn Dicterow, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received a doctorate in violin performance with Donald Weilerstein.