"Chase is a world-renowned violinist, praised for her elegantly 'virtuous' interpretations and 'matchless technique' – she especially excels in her interpretation and performance of contemporary music. Sunday was no different, and Chase intrigued her audience with her offbeat choice of musical pieces. Titled “The Art of the Solo Violin,” Chase’s performance covered pieces composed between 1720 and 1956 and included music by composers such as Bach, Prokofiev and Telemann, to the more obscure Bartok and Hiao-Tsiun Ma. Chase’s performance was not only a display of her immaculate technique, but also a chance for the audience to delve into one of the more obscure branches of classical music."
“...the violinist Stephanie Chase brings her thoughtful interpretation to a selection of Mozart sonatas, accompanied by the pianist Steven Lubin.”
“Treatises written by 18th- and 19th-century musicologists stress the importance of nature—or that which is natural—in music. As Baillot advised, “[T]he natural in art is one of the hardest things to find and one of the most difficult to define. . . . [W]e know that in its general sense, art is only an imitation of nature. The natural means giving free rein to feeling, which must dominate us . . . If we distance ourselves from the natural, we fall into exaggeration, harshness, bombast, or affectation, all enemies of truth, which needs no effort to appear and which is never better recognized than when it is presented under the appearance of the natural.””
"Beethoven’s concerto is a classical gem, an opportunity for performers and audience to revel in the glories of balance and restraint. Some try to make it into a Romantic display of dazzling violin technique, but that’s not what’s going on here. And the piece found its ideal interpreter in Stephanie Chase."
“20 Concerts To Hear This Fall - Pianist Sara Davis Buechner and Violinist Stephanie Chase”
"Critics' Choice." Chase, a student of Arthur Grumiaux, laureate of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, (among many other awards) makes (a) New York recital appearance, partnered by Sara Davis Buechner, in a program that emphasizes elegant and graceful musical expression.
“For a performer, one of the great challenges is to learn a work, the process of which requires self-criticism and objectivity, and be able to bring it to a concert performance that is fully committed and as perfected as possible. We need to believe completely in what we are presenting to the audience, but the actual manner of playing in public is often very different than what happens in the practice room. Imagine speaking with someone in your living room and then saying the same words audibly to an audience of 2500, without amplification, forcing, or straining. Music performances have the same issues of diction – which we call articulation – and projection of character and energy.”
“Stephanie (is) hailed as "one of the violin greats of our era." She has performed with over 170 orchestras and appeared in 25 countries around the world. Her career also involves arranging, composing, conducting, playing chamber music, and teaching, and there may even be a literary venture forthcoming.”