Concert: Don Stille & Daniela Bisenius, Violin

Concert: Don Stille & Daniela Bisenius, Violin - The Selfhelp Home


Violinist Daniela Bisenius was born in in Bucharest, Romania. Her parents, both professional pianists, started her on violin at the age of five. She attended Music School George Enescu where she began studying with Dinu Cristea and later with Valeriu Rogacev. She performed with her father and brother in Germany as a teen with major symphony orchestras and major opera houses. At 19, she won the position with the Staatsphilharmonie Ludwigshafen making her the youngest person ever to win a position with that orchestra.She performed with Frankfurter Opera, Munick Philharmonic, Bayerisches Rundfunk and RTL Luxembourg.

She continued her studies at the Musikhochschule Saarbrucken where she studied with Russian teacher Valerie Gradov. She also attended Violin Master Classes in Nice, France with Henrick Szering and Gerarld Poulet. In 1988 she came to US, where she was awarded full scholarship to University of Iowa and studied with Prof. Leopold La Fosse. Here she appeared in a televised Master Class with Issac Stern. She then performed as an orchestra member with many professional orchestras including Naples Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Lyrics Opera of Chicago. Daniela has shared the stage with many great stars over the years such as Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Smoky Robinson and Kurt Elling. In 2010 Daniela played fiddle in the sold out musical Always Patsy Cline, one of the four-piece band members known as “The Bodacious Bobcats”


Born in St. Louis, Missouri Don began formal music instruction at the age of 5. Soon after, he expanded his musical palette by including studies in piano performance and composition. Since then he has gone on to perform throughout the country with a long list of nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz artists, among them: Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Roy Hargrove, Doc Severinsen, Lew Soloff, Harry Connick Jr., The New York Voices, Peter Erskine, Claudio Roditi, , Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Taj Mahal and Chuck Berry. Some achievements include: being proclaimed the Mainstream Jazz Pianist of the Year by the Twin Cities Jazz Society in Minnesota; house pianist and accordionist and often-featured jazz artist on National Public Radio’s “First House on the Right” (broadcast weekly across the country. Don is currently a member of the Artist-Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago.)