A passionate musician, determined ensemble leader, music administrator and founding member of The Cezanne Quartet, Steven has studied viola since the age of nine. Steven has transformed into an ambitious and enthusiastic ensemble musician.
Steven’s musical journey, development and experience has been a result of performances with The Cézanne Quartet (2015 Coltman Competition Silver Medalist), The New Conservatory of Dallas (Dallas, New York, Durango, CO and Riga, Latvia), The Institute for Strings (Dallas, TX), Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), The Peabody Institute’s Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore, MD) and The National Symphony Orchestra’ Summer Music Institute (Washington, DC).
The development of Steven’s musical style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. He has studied, performed and collaborated with extraordinarily talented professionals and ensembles such as Arkady Fomin, Andrés DÃaz, Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, Justin Bruns, Rose Armbrust Griffin and the Altius Quartet. Further honing of his talents came from masterclasses with Peter Slowik, Roberto DÃaz, Barbara Westphal, Stephanie Chase, MÃro String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, American String Quartet, Modigliani String Quartet.
Steven has studied at The Peabody Institute of Music as well as Southern Methodist University under the watchful eye of Victoria Chiang and Ellen Rose, respectively. He graduated from the award winning, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas where he won the Dallas ISD Concerto Competition and his chamber quartet won Chamber Music International’s High School Division.
While continuing his studies, Steven lives in Dallas, TX and currently teaches in the Dallas metro area public school systems of Highland Park, Garland and Mesquite. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, traveling and spending time with his family.