Danielle Belen, violin
Winner of the 2008 Sphinx Competition and Naxos recording artist, Danielle Belen has soloed with symphonies across the U.S. including the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco Symphonies, the Boston Pops, and the Florida and Cleveland Orchestras. Zachary Lewis from the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote "Violinist Danielle Belen... captivated every ear with an assured, impassioned performance of Ravel's "Tzigane," knocking off the daunting showpiece as if it were a trifle." She has recently enjoyed working with conductors such as Franz Welser-Mostt, Robert Spano, Keith Lockhart, and Carl St. Clair.
A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, Ms. Belen is now on faculty at the Colburn School. With a growing violin studio of her own, and also teaching assistant to renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett, she loves to work with young aspiring talent. She enjoys teaching master classes and leading community engagements across the country in conjunction with her professional performance appearances. Ms. Belen is the founder and Artistic Director of Center Stage Strings, a summer camp and performance festival for gifted young musicians in Three Rivers, California.
Ms. Belen plays on a 1709 Allessandro Gagliano violin from the Mandell Collection of Southern California.