Stephen B. Shipps is currently Professor of Violin and Chair of Strings at the University of Michigan. He studied with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, receiving a B.M., M.M. and Performer’s Certificate in Violin Performance. He also studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School and with Franco Gulli at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, Dallas, Omaha, Seattle and Ann Arbor, as well as the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra and the Madeira Bach Festival. He began his career as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony and Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera, Concertmaster and Associate Conductor of the Omaha Symphony and the Nebraska Sinfonia. Mr. Shipps performed for three decades as violinist of the Amadeus and Meadowmount Piano Trios. Mr. Shipps has recorded for American Gramophone, Bay Cities, NPR, RIAS Berlin, Hessiche Rundfunk, Melodiya/Russian Disc and Moscow Radio. His solo work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Albums yielded a dozen gold and eight platinum records and a Grammy nomination. Mr. Shipps has served on the faculties of Indiana University, the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Banff Centre in Canada. He is regularly invited to give master classes at the major Conservatories of the Czech Republic and Germany and gives annual master classes at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. In summer seasons, Mr. Shipps teaches and performs at the Innsbrook Institute and Center Stage Strings and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Cambridge International String Academy at Trinity College, Cambridge in the United Kingdom, now in its sixth season.