Violist Deanna Badizadegan has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across North America, Europe and Asia, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center. She currently studies with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory, where she is pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Viola Performance and is a recipient of the Anna C. Bird scholarship. She also holds a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). In addition to her musical studies, she 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.
As a soloist, Deanna Badizadegan has appeared 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." She has received numerous awards for her playing, including the Stanford University Peter & Carol Polk Undergraduate Music Award, Stanford University Dan Robinson Music Award, and SFCM Germain Prevost Viola Scholarship. She has been recognized as a prizewinner in several competitions, including the Fremont Young Artists Competition, Duxbury Music Festival Solo and Chamber Competitions, and SFCM Lower Strings Concerto Competition.
An avid chamber musician, Deanna Badizadegan has performed with groups such as Sejong Soloists, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Lawrence and Borromeo String Quartets. She has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society and has appeared multiple times on the Berkeley Symphony & Friends Chamber Series. Previous festival engagements include the Perlman Music Program, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival and Forest Hills Musical Days in San Francisco. She has performed in master classes for members of the Kronos, Takacs and St. Petersburg Quartets, and her chamber music coaches have included Donald Weilerstein, Joel Krosnick, Merry Peckham, Paula Robison, Yeesun Kim, Ian Swenson, Mark Sokol, Jodi Levitz, Geoff Nuttall, Lesley Robertson and Scott St. John.
Deanna Badizadegan currently holds a one-year Section Viola position with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She has held principal chairs in the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, New England Conservatory Philharmonia, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra, and New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Eastern Sierra Symphony and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and has participated twice in the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
With her diverse background in music, design and management, Deanna Badizadegan enjoys bringing her entrepreneurial skillset into the classical music world. She spoke at TEDxFargo in 2016 with Stanford Professor Tom Byers in his talk on Entrepreneurship Education in Action, sharing how her entrepreneurial training has shaped her approach to music. She has written articles for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the 21st Century Musician Initiative (21CM) on the relationship between entrepreneurship and the arts, and has designed case studies and instructional materials for Creative Startups and for 21CM.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Deanna Badizadegan began studying the viola at the age of four at the Suzuki School of Newton, and at age eight was accepted to the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Program, where she continued studies through high school. Her former teachers include Paul Hersh, Lesley Robertson, Jodi Levitz, and Michelle LaCourse.