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Trivia about Stephanie Chase, violinist

  • Her first public appearance as a violinist was at the age of 2 years and three months.

  • Her parents and grandfathers were violinists, and her maternal grandfather was from Bohemia.

  • She is a lineal descendant of Aquila Chase, a Massachusetts Bay Colonist and co-founder of Newbury, Massachusetts.  Chase Bank is named for Salmon Portland Chase, who was a Supreme Court Judge and Secretary of the Treasure under Abraham Lincoln, among other accomplishments.  His great-great-great-grandfather ("Ensign" Moses Chase, 1663-1743) was her great-g-g-g-g-g-g-grandfather.

  • She appeared at age six on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour, and went on to become a three-time winner. A mother-and-daughter tap-dancing team (who performed as a horse) were among the competitors.

  • Her first appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was when she was nine years old, playing Mozart’s Concerto No.3.

  • Also when she was nine years old, she played the Bach Double Concerto with Jack Benny. He wanted her to go to Hollywood and appear as a regular in his shows, but her mother said no.

  • She first performed Paganini’s Concerto in D when she was eleven years old.

  • When she was 13, she was twice a guest on David Frost’s television show, appearing with Joan Baez and Tiny Tim!

  • Her Carnegie Hall debut was at age eighteen, playing Prokofiev’s Concerto in G Minor.

  • She lived in Belgium while she studied with the legendary violinist Arthur Grumiaux.

  • She was a guest soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic when it made its first tour of the People’s Republic of China, playing Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole. Afterwards, she climbed the Great Wall.

  • She brought her 1742 Petrus Guarnerius violin back to the old workshop address of its Venetian maker for its 250-year (or 7,000,000,000,000-note, whichever comes first) checkup.

  • Her violin was formerly owned by her mother and has been in her family since 1946.

  • She is one of only a few violin soloists who performs on both period and modern-style violins.

  • She was featured on Italian television playing Paganini on Paganini’s own legendary “Cannon” violin, made by Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù.

  • She maintains over fifty different concerti in “launch-ready” status.  Among her favorites are those by Sibelius, Beethoven, Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

  • She performed three different major violin concerti by American composers in one week: Bernstein's Serenade, Barber's Concerto, and Menotti's Concerto.

  • When she was five years old, an IQ test result placed her in the category of genius.

  • She writes her own cadenzas for violin concerti by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

  • She performed 20 Vivaldi Concerti in a three-day marathon with the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston, sharing solo and orchestral duties with three other violinists. 

  • She has performed concerts in over twenty-five countries, including the Kingdom of Nepal.

  • She made the world premiere recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on period instruments, and wrote her own cadenzas.

  • At a “Marathon in Manila,” she played the Tchaikovsky and Beethoven Concerti in the same concert.

  • She played Bach’s Chaconne on the terrace of a maharajah's palace in India.

  • Her niece Becki Newton played Amanda on ABC's hit series Ugly Betty, and will star in the upcoming Goodwin Games on Fox.

  • Her nephew Matt Newton starred in the indie film Poster Boy.

  • In the game of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon;" Stephanie attended the Meadowmount School with Lori Singer, who starred with him in Footloose.

  • She was at the top of her high school graduating class at The Professional Children's School in New York, earning a Governor's Citation for academic merit and awards in Mathematics, Science and History.

  • Last and perhaps least, she was listed on an Internet survey as number 2 of the “Top Ten Sexiest Classical Performers" (Cecilia Bartoli was number 1 on this particular list.)