A native of Boston,
Violist Deanna Badizadegan envisions a world where artists work at the cross section of entrepreneurial thought and artistic excellence. Badizadegan most recently held a 1-year position as section violist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, has worked as a product manager for a tech startup in Silicon Valley, and taught design thinking courses for college faculty and students across the country.
Badizadegan maintains an active performing schedule, including recent solo performances at TEDxStanford, TEDxFargo and with Boston's Eureka Ensemble, a performance for which she was praised for "command[ing] the orchestra with her outwardly expressive style." An avid chamber musician, she has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society, the St. Lawrence and Borromeo String Quartets, and the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop and Four Seasons Winter Workshop. Additional orchestral engagements include concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Sejong Soloists.
In addition to her musical studies, Badizadegan earned a M.S. in Management Science & Engineering and a B.S. in Organizational Design & Engineering from Stanford University, where she graduated both Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Kim Kashkashian, Paul Hersh, Lesley Robertson, Jodi Levitz, and Michelle LaCourse.