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About the Musicians

Daniel Paul Horn  ~  Stephen Balderston

Daniel Paul Horn, Professor of Piano and Chair of Keyboard Studies at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Illinois, maintains an active schedule as a performer and teacher. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory, and later at Juilliard, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and was awarded the Carl M. Roeder Memorial Prize.  A prize-winner in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, Martin Canin and Walter Hautzig were his principal teachers; he also appeared in master classes with Guido Agosti and Gaby Casadesus, and has coached with Felix Galimir, Ann Schein, Jerome Lowenthal, and Menahem Pressler, for whom he twice served as a guest assistant at Indiana University. 

As a soloist, Dr. Horn has given recitals at the American Liszt Society Festival, and at numerous colleges and universities;  he has also appeared with various Midwestern orchestras, including engagements on the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s educational series while still in his teens.  An avid chamber musician, he regularly collaborates with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with numerous appearances on the CSO Chamber Music Series;  other partners include the Ying String Quartet, and Guarneri Quartet violinist John Dalley.  He also enjoys concertizing with noted singers, including his wife mezzo-soprano Denise Gamez, baritone Gerard Sundberg, bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck, and bass Kenneth Cox. As an early keyboardist, he recorded the critically praised disc “Wnaderings” for Titanic Records on the 1828-29 Graf in the Frederick Collection, and was harspichordist for complete performances of Handel’s Messiah, with John Nelson conducting soloists Twyla Robinson, Daniel Talyor, Ben Heppner, and Gerard Sundberg.  He has also collaborated on a compact disc for the Centaur label with CSO cellist Donald Moline.

A nationally certified member of NCTM, and a frequent competition adjudicator and lecturer for MTNA chapters throughout the Midwest Dr. Horn has served on the summer faculties of the Sewanee, Adamant, MasterWorks, and Blue Mountain festivals.

Stephen Balderston joined the DePaul University School Of Music faculty as Associate Professor of Cello in 2003, after ten years as Assistant Principal Cello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. From 1983-1993 he was a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, where he performed as soloist under Leonard Slatkin and was an artist-in-residence at Washington University. Balderston began his cello studies with Gabor Rejto in his native southern California. He earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Lynn Harrell. 

A sought-after soloist, chamber musician and coach, Balderston participates in clinics, chamber music concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad.  He has performed solo works and chamber music with Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Menahem Pressler, Gil Shaham and Pinchas Zukerman, and appeared twice as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has been a featured artist at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois, Bargemusic in New York City, the Affinis Music Festival in Japan. Additionally, he has participated in the OK Mozart International Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and the International Music Festival in Shanghai, China. In August 2001, he served as Principal Cello at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Balderston’s summers have been spent working with students at a variety of venues.  Balderston was the cello coach for Daniel Barenboim’s “West-Eastern Divan” workshops in 1999 and 2000 in Weimar, Germany, the 2001 Workshop in Chicago;  and the 2004 Workshop in Spain.  The Divan brought together talented young musicians between the ages of 14 and 25 from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia and Israel. In 2002 he accompanied a group of colleagues to Shanghai, China, for that city’s international music festival.  During the summer of 2002, he was cello coach and soloist at the Marrowstone Music Festival.  The summer of 2003 included the Midwest Young Artists Festival in Lake Forest, IL, the Northwestern University High School Institute, and another trip to Marrowstone.