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Meena Bhasin and Owen Dalby

co-Artistic Directors

Praised as “dazzling” (The New York Times), “expert and versatile” (The New Yorker), and “a fearless and inquisitive violinist” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Owen Dalby leads a rich musical life as a chamber musician, soloist, new and early music expert, and educator. In 2015 he left a thriving NYC-based freelance career to join the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and now lives in San Francisco and is an Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University. A Bay Area native, Owen is thrilled to be joining the NVCM community and to help bring inspirational concert experiences to our neighborhood.

Meena Bhasin is an alluring violist and entrepreneur whose identity and professional path have never fit neatly into a box. She is a co-founder of Decoda — the affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall—which is dedicated to creating meaningful musical experiences through dynamic performances, education, and a quest for social impact. She has led Decoda around the globe in projects from Mexico to India and Abu Dhabi, bringing music to great stages as well as places where it is rarely heard, including prisons, hospitals, schools, and shelters. In 2015, she was invited to perform at the Obama White House, highlighting Decoda’s work in criminal justice reform. Meena is also a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York City. She has toured the US as a soloist with legendary rock band, Jethro Tull and performed Persian music as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Most recently, Meena founded Reveler, an arts and culture startup that curates surprise experiences in San Francisco, cultivating a new generation of arts and culture lovers. Meena graduated as a Presser scholar from New England Conservatory and also holds a BA in international relations from Tufts University.