Dan Carlson

Associate Principal Audrey Avis Aasen-Hull Chair

Dan Carlson
Associate Principal, Second Violin, Audrey Avis Aasen-Hull Chair
Acting Principal, 2013-14 Season
Member since 2006
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Musical influences:
I left home when I was fourteen to go to Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, and I remember being around two Russian violinists there who were extremely advanced. Music was so second-nature to them, such a part of their blood, that they weren’t just learning how to play the violin—their perception of music was deeper than that. So I latched onto them and listened to them practice and play. That was the perfect age for me to be around players who had such a deep approach to music.

Favorite composer:
If I had to go to an island and could take one composer’s music with me, it would be Haydn’s. He has wonderful harmonies and interesting ideas that pushed the envelope. His music is filled with surprises, ideas that seem to come out of nowhere and yet make so much sense.

Other interests:
I love old films—anything by Fellini, Bergman, Hitchcock—and also the films of Wong Kar-wai. His In the Mood for Love was really powerful, but I’d say Fellini’s 8 1/2 is my all-time favorite.

In your CD player:
Led Zeppelin IV. What those four guys did together in their music is mind-blowing: the creativity of their ideas, and the way they brought different sounds and styles together. I think they are tremendous artists.