Meet the Man with the Violin

Have you ever wanted to know what brought a talented performer to the place they are today? Now’s your chance!  Take a look at what Baird Dodge has been up to before coming to the MAC.

Born in New York City, Baird Dodge began his love of music as a young child and studied violin and viola in the precollege division of the prestigious Juilliard School. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1990, he continued to pursue his passion and attained his master’s degree in music from the State University of New York-Stony Brook in 1994.

Soon after college, Dodge joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a violinist in 1996 and quickly moved to the second violin section later that year.  Just six short years later, he was appointed principal second violin by Daniel Barenboim.

Baird’s father, Charles Dodge, was a musician himself throughout his life.  Baird often performed his works, including the premiere of his Violin Etudes at Columbia University’s Miller Theater in 1994 and a recording of the Viola Elegy for New Albion Records in 1992.  Additionally, he premiered and recorded Carillon Sky in 2006, a chamber concerto written for him by Augusta Read Thomas.

Dodge has performed all over the world, including at the Bravo! Colorado Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival and on Music from Marlboro tours.  He has also collaborated will many prestigious and well-known artists such as Ida Kavafian, Isadore Cohen, Daniel Barenboim, Samuel Rhodes, David Sawyer and Pinchas Zukerman.