Orchestral Performance Program
Since joining the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1981, Steve Norrell has played on six Grammy award-winning recordings with Maestro James Levine and well over 100 live telecasts. Other conductors have included Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Sir Georg Solti, and Ricardo Muti. Mr. Norrell has performed on 211 consecutive Ring Cycle opera performances, beginning in 1981, including 100 performances of Die Walküre. He has also toured and performed with the New York Philharmonic and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Before joining the Met, Steve Norrell was a member of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and played summer seasons with the Baltimore Symphony. He earned both his BM and MM degrees from the Juilliard School, where his principal instructor was Donald Harwood. Other prominent teachers include Philip Jameson, Charles Vernon, and Arnold Jacobs. Steve Norrell has been a member of the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, where he has frequently performed, since 1988. He is a former member of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and currently spends his summers as a member of the Grand Tetons Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. He lives in Haworth, New Jersey with his wife, harpist Karen Stern, and his daughters Jesse and Kim.