Learn more about our celebrated concertmaster, Denise Dillenbeck.
YSO Concertmaster

Denise Dillenbeck

Denise Dillenbeck has toured Europe and America with the Philadelphia Orchestra, was a member of the Oregon Symphony, and has played with the Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, Philly Pops, and many others. She was a soloist with the American Festival Orchestra on a tour of China. Currently concertmaster of the Yakima Symphony, York Symphony, Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra and the Northwest Sinfonietta, she was associate concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony, and has served as concertmaster for orchestras in America, England and Germany.

Denise Dillenbeck


Denise presented contemporary classical music as a member of Third Angle New Music Ensemble. She has performed and coached chamber music on concert series and festivals around the world, such as the American Church of Paris, Siletz Bay Music Festival, Westminster Choir College, Bravo Summer String Institute, Max Aronoff Viola Institute, Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, and Icicle Creek Summer Academy.

She is passionate about teaching, and has worked with dozens of violin students and young string quartets, and has also taught college courses on music, including a course on viewing world history and literature through the prism of Beethoven. As a teaching artist in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Community Partnership Program, she led elementary school students in experiential music learning, and directed workshops on aesthetic education. She is quoted at length in Eric Booth’s book “The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible”.

As a soloist, Denise has recently played concerti by Bernstein, Saint-Saens, Sibelius, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Bach, with the Sinfonietta Nova, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Gonzaga Symphony, Yakima Symphony, York Symphony, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Olympia Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Washington-Idaho Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Community College Orchestra, Central Washington University Orchestra, Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra, and has upcoming engagements with the Northwest Sinfonietta and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. She has recorded solo and chamber works for the Albion and KOCH International labels. 

Denise studied at the New England Conservatory and the University of Minnesota. She was a Fellow at Aspen, Dean of Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, program coordinator of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Strings International Music Festival, and has played for the Oregon Bach Festival, Ernest Bloch Festival, Chautauqua Music Institute, Musicorda, and the International Congress of Strings. The San Francisco Chronicle hails her playing as “simply first-rate”.