Dan Carlson

Principal Second Violin, Dinner & Swig Families Chair

Dan Carlson, who joined the SFS in 2006, is Principal Second Violin and occupant of the Dinner and Swig Families Chair. He previously served as rotating concertmaster for the New World Symphony and he has made solo appearances with the Phoenix Symphony, Chicago String Ensemble, New World Symphony, and the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Carlson has performed chamber music extensively throughout New York and has worked on chamber music compositions with composers Bright Sheng, George Perle, Hans Werner Henze, and Thomas Ad├Ęs, among others. Mr. Carlson is also Concertmaster of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, where he performs and teaches along with other members of the San Francisco Symphony. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School.

(June 2015)