Tarn Travers


Professor, DePauw University School of Music

Soloist, chamber player, and teacher Tarn Travers currently serves as concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and has been Professor of Violin at DePauw University since 2015. In 2001 he won the Heifetz Guarneri Auditions, which led to a performance on Heifetz’s beloved “ex-David” Guarneri del Gesu. Travers spent three years with the New World Symphony, and each year performed as a soloist, playing music of Béla Bartók, Ramiro Cortés, and Chen Yi. Since then Travers has performed widely, including the Sibelius Violin Concerto for an Austrian tour that culminated in a performance in Vienna’s Konzerthaus. He is a member of Chicago’s contemporary music collective Ensemble Dal Niente, with whom he has toured the United States, including performances in Boston, New York, Chicago, and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C, and participated in residencies at Harvard and DePauw Universities.

Travers’ recordings include a performance on Johann Johannsson’s album Orphee, released on the Deutsche Grammphon label, a portrait album of works by George Lewis with Ensemble Dal Niente, and several recordings featuring works by contemporary composers Randall Bauer, Maria Newman, and Brooke Joyce, as well as standard repertoire by Beethoven and Brahms.

Travers holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Stony Brook University. His primary teachers were William Preucil, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, and Philip Setzer. He plays a 2017 Curtin Violin.