Jan Mark Sloman is a highly regarded violinist and dedicated teacher whose multi-faceted career speaks to his passion for the violin, its ability to communicate powerfully, and his desire to develop true artistry in the students he guides. He has enjoyed a distinguished career leading orchestral violin sections throughout the United States and around the world. He is based in Dallas, Texas, where he has long held the title of Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is presently Principal Associate Concertmaster Emeritus. He has also performed as guest concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and internationally with orchestras in Florence, Italy; Lugano and Geneva, Switzerland; and Melbourne, Australia.
Mr. Sloman has worked with world-renowned conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, and Riccardo Chailly. He has also mastered a wide range of repertoire as an orchestral soloist, performing works spanning Bach to Beethoven, and Tippett to Shostakovich. His recital and chamber music performances are highlighted by collaboration with artists such as Leonard Rose, Nobuko Imai, and Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Sloman was a University Scholar at Princeton University and attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of the legendary 20th century violin pedagogue, Ivan Galamian. Other teachers include Sally Thomas, Paul Makanowitzky, and Jaime Laredo.
In the past two decades, Mr. Sloman’s attention has increasingly turned to teaching. He has a large private studio, and for nine years taught both graduate and undergraduate students as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. Embracing the digital world, he recently added teaching via Skype, and is now able to mentor students throughout the United States. Mr. Sloman was on the faculty of the Meadowmount School of Music from 2010-2017, and in March 2015, accepted an appointment to the violin faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. His summer studio at Meadowmount received generous financial support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. In the summer of 2018, Mr. Sloman will join the faculty of the Heifetz International Music Institute.
Strongly committed to educational opportunities for young musicians, Mr. Sloman founded a nonprofit organization, The Institute for Strings, to provide students in the Dallas area the opportunity to immerse themselves in an intensive music program that included solo and chamber music performance opportunities, as well as concerts as part of a self-conducted string orchestra. This unique summer program allowed 40 elite string players each session the ability to work with experienced professional musicians to hone their technical and interactive music skills over the course of 19 seasons.
The success of Mr. Sloman’s students at major conservatories and competitions has brought him increasing national recognition as a teacher and mentor of the next generation of string players. His students have been finalists and received awards in both national and international competitions including: American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Kingsville, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Sphinx, Stulberg, and Andrea Postacchini (Italy). Additionally, his students have been selected to participate in the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Queen Elizabeth Competition, Sendai International Music Competition and the Geneva International Music Competition. In 2004, Mr. Sloman received the Pre-Collegiate Teaching Achievement award given by the Texas Music Teachers Association, and in 2010 was named YoungArts Performing Arts Educator of the Year by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.