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Deanna Badizadegan is a San Francisco-based violist with two engineering degrees from Stanford. As a violist, she has performed all around the world, from castles in Luxembourg to farmland in California to Carnegie Hall. She currently enjoys a busy freelance schedule in the Bay Area, performing with members of the San Francisco Conservatory, San Francisco Symphony, and Classical Revolution, among others. When not playing music, she works as a product manager with a small startup called Indie Co. Her personal mission is to bridge the gap between the arts and entrepreneurship worlds -- which she believes shouldn't exist to begin with -- in ways that bring meaningful impact to people's lives.

Deanna grew up in Boston, where she studied viola through the New England Conservatory's preparatory program and attended Newton South High School. She began her studies at Stanford University in fall 2010, and over the next five years completed a B.S. in Organizational Design & Engineering, a M.S. in Management Science & Engineering, and a Professional Studies Diploma in Viola Performance at the nearby San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

During her time at Stanford, Deanna became highly inspired by the potential for entrepreneurship education to shape not just businesses but also life trajectories. She participated in and then helped teach the Mayfield Fellows Program, a 9-month entrepreneurship work/study program run by Professors Tom Byers and Tina Seelig out of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She also helped develop an entrepreneurship & innovation course for the United Arab Emirates, traveled to Brazil and Chile to learn about their entrepreneurial ecosystems, and taught pop-up classes on entrepreneurship & innovation.

Upon graduation, Deanna continued her work with Stanford and also began consulting with other organizations working at the intersection of arts and innovation. She served as lead instructional designer with New Mexico-based Creative Startups, a nonprofit accelerator program for creative companies, to develop case studies and other educational materials. She also contracted as a product manager for the Sync Project, a Boston-based company working towards harnessing the power of music for health.

One of Deanna's passions has always been teaching. She is working with Stanford Professor Tom Byers to develop a three week intensive course exploring the relationship between entrepreneurship and arts in Renaissance Italy, to be taught in Florence in summer 2018.  She also regularly gives talks and leads workshops around the intersection of arts and innovation, including recent appearances at TEDxStanford, TEDxFargo, and the "Stanford in the Wild" and "Healthy Living Retreat" workshops at Stanford Sierra Camp.

As a violist, Deanna seeks out performance opportunities that emphasize the joy, human connection, and creativity that are hallmarks of great artistry and shared experiences. She enjoys curating and performing with Parallel Play, a collaboration with artist Peggy Gyulai that combines live music and live art in performance. She also performs with the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, Classical Revolution, Groupmuse, and other local Bay Area groups. Some of her favorite musical experiences to date have been rehearsing the slow movement of Schubert Cello Quintet in a barn during a wild thunderstorm, improvising a Disney-inspired musical with friends on a Friday evening, and jamming to Native American melodies with hostel hosts during a Trinity tour in Arcata, CA. 

She has performed at the following venues / festivals:

  • TEDxStanford // Stanford, CA
  • TEDxFargo // Fargo, ND
  • Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts // Berkeley, CA
  • Classical Revolution // San Francisco, CA
  • New York String Orchestra Seminar // New York, NY
  • Yellow Barn Young Artists Program // Putney, VT
  • Duxbury Music Festival // Duxbury, MA
  • Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival // Trinity County, CA
  • St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar // Stanford, CA
  • Karen Tuttle Viola Workshop // Raleigh, NC

and received the following honors and awards for her playing:

  • Dorothy Van Waynen String Competition, Honorable Mention // April 2016
  • Stanford University Humanities & Sciences Undergraduate Music Award // May 2015
  • Stanford University Peter & Carol Polk Undergraduate Music Award // May 2014
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music Lower Strings Competition, Alternate // March 2012
  • Fremont Young Artists Competition, Third Prize // January 2012
  • SFCM Germain Prevost Viola Scholarship // August 2011
  • Duxbury Music Festival Solo Competition, First Prize // July 2011
  • Duxbury Music Festival Chamber Competition, First Prize // July 2011
  • Stanford University Dan Robinson Instrumental Music Award // May 2011