Dan Carlson joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2006 where he currently holds the position of Principal 2nd Violin. That same year he joined the faculty of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. He previously served as rotating concertmaster of the New World Symphony. Mr. Carlson has performed and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, been a member of the first violin section of the Phoenix Symphony, and participated in the Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood, and Marlboro festivals, as well as the Marlboro Music Tours. On one of the Marlboro concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York Times wrote, “Daniel Carlson, playing the violin in the Mozart E flat Piano Quartet on Wednesday, seemed every bit as ardent and thoughtful as Mitsuko Uchida playing the piano, but in the first there was edge and urgency…”
He has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and worked on chamber music compositions with Bright Sheng, George Pearl, Hans Werner Henze, and Thomas Adès. Mr. Carlson holds Master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff and Dorothy Delay.