Violinist Daniel Stepner, a native of Milwaukee, had his first music lessons from his parents. He studied with Steven Staryk in Chicago, Nadia Boulanger in France, and Broadus Erle at Yale University, where he earned his D.M.A. degree. He was a member of the Lydian String Quartet and the Boston Museum Trio, and was concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society for twenty-four years. He is presently artistic director of the Aston Magna Festival in the Berkshires.
Stepner has performed and recorded a wide repertoire on period and contemporary instruments, including solo and chamber music by Buxtehude, Marais, Rameau, Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Fauré, Ives, Irving Fine, William Schuman, John Harbison, and Yehudi Wyner. He has taught at the New England Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University. He also collaborated with Robert Levin at Harvard on teaching the performance and analysis of chamber music.