Violin Prof. Tarn Travers Joins Roster of "Superb" Ensemble Dal Niente
February 10, 2016
Tarn Travers, violinist and assistant professor at the DePauw University School of Music, has joined the roster of artists who comprise Ensemble Dal Niente. The group is a 21-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective that presents and performs new music in ways that redefine the listening experience and advance the art form.
"Travers has frequently performed with Ensemble Dal Niente as a guest, including performances of Georg Friedrich Haas’ In Vain and most recently the Neue Musik tour in December 2015," notes an announcement. "His first appearance as an official member of the Dal Niente roster will be the upcoming Hard Music, Hard Liquor program at 7:30 pm on Sunday, February 28 at Constellation as part of the Frequency Festival."
A December 2015 New York Times review of a performance at New York City's DiMenna Center for Classical Music called Ensemble Dal Niente "a superb contemporary-music collective," and praised the playing of Travers.
The violinist has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan as a soloist and a chamber musician. Travers spent three years as a violinist in the New World Symphony, where he often led the orchestra as concertmaster under numerous conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, baroque expert Ton Koopman, and new music specialist Susanna Mälkki. He is currently a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, and was principal second violin of the Festival Orchestra for the International Beethoven Festival in Chicago in 2012 and 2013. In 2001, he was a prizewinner at the Heifetz Guarneri auditions, which led to a performance on the historic "ex-David" Guarneri, the favored violin of Jascha Heifetz.
Professor Travers previously served on the faculty of Luther College and AlpenKammerMusik in the Austrian Alps. He teaches violin and chamber music at DePauw. He holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Stony Brook University.
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