Steve Ekenes

Spencer Ekenes, principal second violin

Robert Dixon chair

Spencer Ekenes enjoys an active performance career as a recital, chamber, and orchestral musician. He is a member of the Burn City String Quartet in Phoenix and performs with the Phoenix Symphony, West Valley Symphony, MusicaNova Orchestra, Cactus Chamber Musicians. Previously, he has played with the Wichita (Kan.) Grand Opera, Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble, Taneycomo Festival Orchestra (Mo.), Idaho Falls Symphony, and Mill Ave Chamber Players.

Passionate about the violin/piano duo repertoire, Spencer has performed solo and duo recitals in the United States, Mexico, and Norway. He has been engaged as a concerto soloist with the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Arizona College Symphony Orchestra, ASU Baroque Ensemble, BYU-Idaho Baroque Ensemble, University of Idaho Festival Orchestra, and the University of Montana Fall Festival Orchestra. 

Spencer completed his doctor of musical arts degree in violin performance from Arizona State University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Katherine McLin (ASU) and Dr. Samuel Máynez Champion (Conservatorio Nacional de México), he completed the first publication of the complete works for violin and piano by the late Mexican violinist/composer Samuel Máynez Prince as his culminating project for his doctorate.

Spencer has taught high school orchestra in the Gilbert Public Schools and is active as a guest adjudicator and clinician throughout the greater Phoenix area. He has presented and taught master classes at high schools, colleges, and universities in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Kansas, and Washington state. He currently teaches an active studio of violin students in Mesa.