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 her 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.
Canadian pianist Timothy Steeves is widely known as one half of
Duo Concertante, with violinist Nancy Dahn. Known for the passion, subtlety, and brilliance of their performances, Duo Concertante have worked together since 1997, developing the exceptionally unified voice that has repeatedly impressed audiences worldwide. Described as “two packages of musical dynamite” (Halifax Chronicle-Herald), they have received the Touring Performers Award (Contact East) as well as Memorial University’s prestigious President’s Award for Outstanding Research, and were named NLAC Artists of the Year in May 2010.
Steeves recently recorded his debut solo CD of works by Haydn. With Duo Concertante, he has released six acclaimed commercial recordings on the ATMA, Marquis Classics, and Centrediscs labels. Of their newest recording, Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano, John Terauds says, “these beautiful interpretations are so good right down to the tiniest of details that they deserve to be called a reference in the contemporary performance of these 10 great pieces.” Their album Wild Bird won a 2011 JUNO award for Schafer’s Duo for Violin and Piano in the Classical Composition of the Year category. In 2010 they were named NLAC Artists of the Year. It Takes Two, released in 2009, features encore pieces arranged by Canadian composer Clifford Crawley and was described as “spectacular” (American Record Guide).
Steeves has commissioned a total of twenty new works for violin and piano from many of Canada’s leading composers, such as Chan Ka Nin, Kati Agócs, Andrew Staniland, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Alice Ho, Omar Daniel, Clark Ross, Andrew MacDonald, David Scott, Linda Bouchard, and Jean Lesage.
Steeves maintains a busy touring schedule, with frequent performances across North America, as well as in Europe and China. With Duo Concertante he has appeared at Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto), Old First Church (San Francisco), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur (Montreal). As a concerto soloist he has appeared with numerous orchestras across Canada. He also performs at music festivals throughout North America, including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Indian River Festival, Colours of Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, Music Niagara, and the Huntsville Festival, and has served as artist-in-residence at the Guelph Spring Festival, the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto, and Bishop’s University.
Professor of Piano at Memorial University in St. John’s, Steeves is a highly regarded teacher and has given hundreds of master classes and workshops across Canada including at the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, Mount Royal College, the Maritime Conservatory, the Glenn Gould Professional School and Western University. His commitment to working with young musicians gave rise to the annual Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, which he and Nancy Dahn founded in 2000 to bring together young chamber music performers with world-class artists and ensembles for an intensive two weeks of learning and performance. His students have gone on to further their training at many leading schools including the New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, McGill University, the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould Professional School, and the University of Montreal.
A native of Saskatoon, Timothy Steeves studied primarily in Germany at the Musikschüles of Freiburg im Breisgau, Hannover, and Köln. In addition to his busy career teaching and performing, Timothy is also the proud father of children Clara and Sasha and enjoys astronomy and history.