Drostan Hall, music director and founder of Camerata Chicago, is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where he studied violin with Yossi Zivoni, and Northern Illinois University where he studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Pierre Menard, and Mathias Tacke.
Hall began violin lessons at an early age, receiving a Martin Musical Scholarship to study with Frederick Grinke, competing in the first Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, and participating in The Aldeburgh Foundation’s inter-nationally acclaimed master classes at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies. He has toured, performed, and collaborated with such distinguished artists as Wendy Warner, the International Beethoven Project Trio, George Lepauw, Lyudmila Lakisova, Peter Van De Graaf, Michelle Areyzaga, Yi-Jia Suzanne Hou, and Caroline Goulding.
In the U.S., Hall has conducted at festivals including the Utah Music Festival and Woodstock (Illinois) Mozart Festival, and guest conducted the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (Wisconsin).
His work with Camerata Chicago has included numerous live radio broadcasts on Chicago classical radio station WFMT and compact disc releases on the Centaur, Cedille, and DMD Classics labels. As music director of Camerata Chicago he has appeared at the Art Institute of Chicago, Harris Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Northeastern Illinois University, North Park University, and College Church and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Hall conducted the world premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s Tenderness Songs sung by soprano Michelle Areyzaga.