Program Books/Mark Steinberg

Mark Steinberg

concertmaster and leader

Mark Steinberg is first violinist and founding member of the Brentano Quartet, in existence since 1992. With the quartet he has performed extensively in North America, Europe, Aus­tralia and New Zealand, as well as in Japan, China, Korea, Israel, and Colombia. The quartet is in residence at Yale University, has recorded extensively, and has won many awards, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the inaugural Cleveland Quartet award, and the Royal Philharmonic Society award for best debut in the UK. Steinberg has appeared often in trio and duo concerts with pianist Mitsuko Uchida, with whom he presented the complete Mozart sonata cycle in London’s Wigmore Hall in 2001, with additional recitals in other cities. With Uchida, he has also recorded a group of Mozart sonatas for Philips. Steinberg has been soloist with the London Philharmonia, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kansas City Camerata, the Auckland Phil­harmonia, and the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists, with conductors such as Kurt Sander­ling, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. He holds degrees from Indiana University and the Juilliard School and has studied with Louise Behrend, Josef Gingold, and Robert Mann. Steinberg is currently on the violin faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, and CUNY The Graduate Center. He has served on quartet competition juries at the Banff International Quartet Competition, the London Quartet Competition, and twice at the Mozart International Quartet Competition in Salzburg as well as the Naumburg Violin Competition. Steinberg has taught often at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Aspen Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Taos School of Music and has given master classes at the Eastman School of Music; the Cleveland Institute of Music; the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England; the Mozarteum in Salzburg; the Guildhall School; the Amsterdam Conservatory; Yellow Barn; and numerous other schools.