Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, Dale Barltrop has performed across North America, Europe and Australia. He served as Principal Second Violin in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years prior to his appointment with the Vancouver Symphony. During this time, Barltrop appeared regularly as soloist with the SPCO, including a series of baroque concerts under his direction and a performance of his own orchestration of Schubert's Rondo in B minor.
Barltrop is a regular artist at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo. He has also performed at the Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, Swannanoa and Tanglewood music festivals, Music in the Vineyards and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. As a soloist, Barltrop has performed with the Bloomington Symphony, Maryland Chamber Orchestra, University of Maryland Symphony and back home with the Queensland Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra. He served as associate concertmaster of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and 1st violinist of the Verklärte Quartet, which won the grand prize at the 2003 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Barltrop moved to the United States in 1998 to attend the University of Maryland as a student of Gerald Fischbach and the Guarneri Quartet. He continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil. Barltrop has a keen interest in teaching and has served on the faculty of the National Orchestral Institute and worked regularly with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. In addition to playing the violin, Dale loves to travel and enjoys swimming, running, hiking and skiing.