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.
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.
appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was
when she was nine years old, playing Mozart’s
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.
performed Paganini’s Concerto in D when she
was eleven years old.
was 13, she was twice a guest on David Frost’s television
show, appearing with Joan Baez and Tiny Tim!
Carnegie Hall debut was at age eighteen, playing
Prokofiev’s Concerto in G Minor.
in Belgium while she studied with the legendary violinist
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)
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.
maintains over fifty different concerti in “launch-ready”
status. Among her favorites are those by Sibelius,
Beethoven, Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
performed three different major violin concerti by
American composers in one week: Bernstein's Serenade,
Barber's Concerto, and Menotti's Concerto.
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
performed concerts in over twenty-five countries, including the Kingdom of Nepal.
the world premiere recording of Beethoven’s Violin
Concerto on period instruments, and wrote her own
“Marathon in Manila,” she played the Tchaikovsky and
Beethoven Concerti in the same concert.
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
Her nephew Matt
Newton starred in the indie film Poster Boy.
game of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon;" Stephanie
attended the Meadowmount School with Lori Singer, who
starred with him in Footloose.
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.
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.)