SFS member since: 1983
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Music schools you attended: Indiana University, the Juilliard School
Began playing music: At age 4
Musical inspirations: My two great teachers Leonard Sharrow and Stephen Maxym
If I were not a professional musician, I might be an: Actor or maître d’hotel
Favorite composers: Bach, Stravinsky, Ravel, Mozart
Favorite works featuring my instrument: Rimsky-Korsakov, Sheherezade; Ravel, Alborada del gracioso; all the late Mozart piano concertos
When I’m not working, I enjoy: Gardening, cooking and baking
Recent reading: Mademoiselle: Conversations with Nadia Boulanger, by Bruno Monsaingeon; The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
On my CD player/iPod: Monteverdi, Vespers; Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Exploratorium, Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park
Plus: I’m continuing to commission new chamber music featuring the bassoon. I feel my greatest joys and greatest challenges come from being a single adoptive dad to my son Pablo. My “baby” is a kindergartner now!
Steven Dibner has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.