Stephanie Arado was born and raised in Chicago. She studied at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Juilliard in New York City, and Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Her teachers include Almita and Roland Vamos, Dorothy Delay, and Paul Kantor.
Stephanie’s violin, made in 1703 in Italy, has shown her the world. As a 21-year-old she was among few Americans ever invited to play with the European Union Youth Orchestra led by Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein. She performed as a part of Musiktreffen in St. Moritz, Switzerland, with Paul Tortelier and Yuri Bashmet, two of the most renowned chamber musicians of the century. She has played for live audiences in a town hall in Stockholm (Wisconsin), an ancient church in Italy, and a nursing home in Chicago, where she played for her father before he died last year. She played in the Rocky Mountains for a year as the concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony under Marin Alsop, one of the uniquely talented individuals Stephanie has shared her musical life with over the past forty years. That list includes Doc Severinsen, Elvis Costello, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Sister Mary Ricardo (Stephanie’s first violin teacher), the Bakken Trio, and her many colleagues in the Minnesota Orchestra and in the teeming community of performing and visual artists in Minnesota, where she has lived since joining the Orchestra in 1991.
Stephanie loves the Minnesota State Fair, good dinners, driving trips, animals, her little house in Pepin, her children, and her partner.