Mark Steinberg

Mark Steinberg is first violinist and founding member of the Brentano Quartet, in existence since 1992. With the quartet he has performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Japan and Colombia. The quartet is ensemble in residence at Princeton University. Its many awards include the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the inaugural Cleveland Quartet award, and the Royal Philharmonic Society award for best debut in the UK. Mr. Steinberg is also an active chamber musician and recitalist. He has been heard in chamber music festivals in Holland, Germany, Austria, and France and participated for four summers in the Marlboro Music Festival, with which he toured extensively. He has also appeared in the El Paso Festival, on the Bargemusic series in New York, at Chamber Music Northwest, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and 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 Ms. Uchida he has also recorded a group of Mozart sonatas for Philips.

Mr. 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. An advocate of contemporary music, he has worked closely with many composers and performed with 20th century music ensembles including the Guild of Composers, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Speculum Musicae, and Continuum, with which he has recorded and toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe. He has also performed and recorded chamber music on period instruments with the Helicon Ensemble, the Four Nations Ensemble, and the Smithsonian Institute. Currently on the violin faculty of the Mannes College of Music, he has taught at Juilliard’s Pre-College division, at Princeton University, and New York University. He has taught often at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Aspen Festival, and the Taos School of Music and has given master classes at the Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music, among many other schools.