Violinist Steven Copes joined the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as Concertmaster in 1998. He appears frequently as soloist with the SPCO, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Colorado Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston, the Sao Paolo State Symphony, the Orlando Philharmonic, The Knights, and the Mexico City Philharmonic. Copes gave the world premiere of George Tsontakis’ GRAMMY-nominated Violin Concerto No. 2 in 2003, which won the 2005 Grawemeyer award, and also gave the New York premiere of Lutoslawski’s Subito (1992) for Violin and Piano. He performed John Novacek’s Four Rags with the composer on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and has also appeared on the PBS series Now Hear This. Copes has performed at festivals and concert series such as Aspen, Boston Chamber Music Society, Bravo! Vail, Caramoor, Mainly Mozart, Piccolo Spoleto, Santa Fe, and Seattle Chamber Music Society, among others.