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Donna Fairbanks received a D.M.A. from the University of Arizona, a M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and a B.M. from Brigham Young University, with additional conservatory studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City and the University of Cincinnati. Her teachers included Zvi Zeitlin, Varujan Kojan, William Haroutonian, Tiberius Klausner, Morris Hochberg, Percy Kalt and John Ferrell. She also received chamber coaching from William Primrose and the Cleveland Quartet, and participated in masterclasses with Joseph Silverstein, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Dorothy Delay. She currently serves as Professor of Music (Violin and Viola) at Utah Valley University. Previous faculty positions include the University of Minnesota MacPhail Center for the Arts, Brigham Young University School of Music, and the Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil.

Fairbanks has soloed with several orchestras including the Charleston Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Londrina in Brazil, Elkhorn Festival Orchestra, among others. She has given recitals in Mexico, Brazil, China, Europe, and the United States. Notable venues include the Gent Festival in Belgium, Schumann Festival in Germany, Rotterdam Conservatory, Hungarian National Gallery, Teatro Ouro Verde in Brazil, and the Nanjing, Shanxi, and Huazhong Universities in China.

She has recorded CDs with Albany Records, MSR Classics, 4TAY Records, and Tantara Records. Reviews include the following:

"...resplendent champion of the score...lyrical radiance, rhythmic agility, nuanced gradations..." (Gramophone, London)

"...performs with style...and plenty of melodic beauty." (Atlanta Audio Club)

"Fairbanks deploys a commandingly rich tone...fluent virtuosity...intense lyricism...great tonal beauty...versatile musicianship...musical ideas from different traditions..." (Fanfare Magazine)