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Deanna Lee Bien



Biography

Violinist Deanna Lee Bien joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1992. She made her solo concert debut at age nine with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra in her native Seattle, Washington. Since then she has made numerous solo appearances with the Seattle Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, and ensembles in New York, Aspen, and Los Angeles. Before joining the National Symphony, Ms. Bien spent four seasons with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where she was featured as soloist in several critically acclaimed performances of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Ms. Bien was a prizewinner in the 1988 Washington International Competition, where she received the Alessandro Niccoli Memorial Scholarship for study in Siena, Italy. In 1985 she was a winner in the Los Angeles Young Musicians Foundation Debut Competition, and in the same year performed the Glazunov Violin Concerto under Sixten Ehrling's direction at Alice Tully Hall. An active chamber musician, Ms. Bien has recorded on the Bay Cities and Albany record labels. She has appeared with National Musical Arts, the Chamber Artists of Washington, and on the Holocaust Museum Chamber Series. A graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay, Ms. Bien continued work with Paul Kantor at Yale University. Her other teachers have included Ivan Galamian and Emanuel Zetlin.
Deanna Lee Bien