Collegiate Faculty


IAN SWENSEN

David TanenbaumViolin; String and Piano Chamber Music

A native of New York, violinist Ian Swensen came from a musically gifted family of Norwegian and Japanese-Hawaiian descent. He studied at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and the Eastman School of Music with Donald Weilerstein. He has lived in the Bay Area for nearly 20 years, teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Sacramento State University. He is a passionate pedagogue, and his students have gone on to major positions in orchestras and teaching institutions around the world. Swensen also maintains an active schedule as soloist and chamber musician, appearing at Music@Menlo, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society and other venues. He has performed with members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Emerson, Takács, Concord and Tokyo quartets, as well as Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Mark O’Connor and Yo-Yo Ma. He is one of the few musicians to have been awarded the Walter W. Naumberg International Competition’s top prize for both chamber music and violin. His recordings can be found on the Telarc and Deutsche Grammophon labels.

Ian Swensen can be contacted at 415.503.6308 or swensenian@gmail.com.