Stephen Tavani joins The Cleveland Orchestra with the start of the 2018-19 season. He has served as concertmaster for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia since 2016 and recently also served as guest concertmaster for Jacksonville Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic. In the summer of 2016, he participated in his first season with the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, and returned to that renowned festival again in 2017. He has performed at the Dresden Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Colburn Chamber Music Society, Curtis Recital Series, and with Curtis On Tour and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.
As a soloist, Mr. Tavani's performances have included appearances with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, National Repertory Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Brentwood Westwood Symphony, and the Cleveland Philharmonic, among other ensembles. He’s also served as concertmaster for the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Americas during a 2015 tour of Canada, National Repertory Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, and the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Tavani holds an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. He earned a bachelor of music degree from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied with Robert Lipsett and Arnold Steinhardt. He has been working to complete his studies in the Concertmaster Academy program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he is working with William Preucil, concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Born into a musical family, Stephen Tavani grew up in Northern Virginia one of six brothers, including two cellists, another violinist, and a pianist. His mother is a voice teacher and lyric soprano, his father a family physician and pianist.