San Francisco Conservatory of Music
"Ian Swensen is a violinist whose secure technique and easy stylistic versatility have brought him success." —The New York Times
Ian Swensen is one of the few musicians to have been awarded top prize (as first violinist of the Meliora String Quartet) by the Walter W. Naumberg Foundation in both the International Violin Competition and the Chamber Music Competition. He received his training at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and at the Eastman School of Music with Donald Weilerstein.
Mr. Swensen has taught violin and chamber music since 1985 and currently is chair of the string department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His most recent chamber music collaborations have been with members of the Juilliard and Cleveland quartets, the Smithsonian-Axelrod String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Robert Mann, Bernard Greenhouse, Joel Krosnick, and Yo-Yo Ma. As well as a recitalist, Mr. Swensen, has also been a featured soloist with the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Pops Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Santa Fe, the Santa Rosa, Sacramento and Oakland symphonies, Toulouse Symphony of France, and the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra.