Dan Carlson

Principal Second Violin, Dinner & Swig Families Chair

Dan Carlson, who joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2006, is Principal Second Violin and occupant of the Dinner & 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. These current performances mark his solo debut on San Francisco Symphony subscription concerts. Mr. Carlson has performed chamber music extensively throughout New York, with ensembles such as Metamorphosen, Concertante Chamber Players, musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in chamber music series at Bargemusic, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 92nd Street Y. Other appearances include the Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood, and Marlboro festivals, as well as tours with Musicians from Marlboro. He has worked on chamber music compositions with composers Bright Sheng, George Perle, Hans Werner Henze, and Thomas Ad├Ęs, among others. In addition to appearing throughout the Bay Area, 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, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff and Dorothy DeLay.

(October 2014)