Violinist Dean Stein, who joined the PSQ as of 2013, has performed throughout the world in recital, with orchestras, chamber music ensembles,and as soloist.

This season’s highlights include performances of the 10 Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Beethoven with pianist Chiharu Naruse at Bates College.

In 2009, Mr. Stein, together with oboist Kathleen McNerney, created VentiCordi Chamber Music, focusing on combing wind and string instruments,and programming lesser known treasures of the chamber music repertoire. Their performances each summer in the Kennebunks have been enthusiastically received and widely acclaimed.

From 2003 - 08 Mr. Stein directed the Arcady Music Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine. At Arcady, he performed in chamber ensembles, set the programming for the internationally renowned artists he invited, and gave high priority to educational programs, bringing musicians to schools to perform regularly for Maine schoolchildren.                                    

He also currently performs as concertmaster of the Maine Music Society, the Maine Chamber Ensemble, Mozart Mentors Orchestra and enjoys a violin/piano partnership with Pamela Mia Paul.  His passion for the solo violin music of Bach has resulted in many performances of Bach’s masterpieces, of which one reviewer acclaimed as “a superb and impressive performance of the unaccompanied Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No. 2...”

Audiences in Maine and throughout America have heard Mr. Stein through his past performances as violinist with the DaPonte String Quartet.  His performances frequently garnered critical acclaim, as in a recording of which The Strad magazine wrote, “Dean Arthur Stein excels in the first violin’s improvisatory cadenza, his fierce yet luxuriant tone setting the mood...”

A highly sought after teacher and clinician, Mr. Stein is on the faculty of Bowdoin and Bates Colleges and has taught at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,  the University of Maryland at College Park. and the New England Suzuki Institute.

Mr. Stein has past working associations with the Singapore Symphony, Lisbon (Portugal) Opera Company, Florida Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Knoxville and Harrisburg Symphonies. 

He studied first with Margaret Berend at the Henry Street Settlement, then at the Juilliard School with Lewis Kaplan and Ivan Galamian, and at University of Maryland, College Park, with Gerald Fischbach and members of the Guarneri String Quartet. 

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