RUSSELL STEINBERG’s> music fuses Romanticism with contemporary pulse and colors that reviewers call “freshly lyrical, pulsating, edgy, infectious” and “shimmering with great beauty and energy.” Three orchestras – the New West Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra – commissioned and premiered Cosmic Dust, a work that Science News Magazine featured in its issue celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. His Daniel Pearl Foundation commission, Stories from My Favorite Planet, tells the compelling story of Daniel Pearl, alternating music with Pearl’s own brilliant tragic-comic Wall Street Journal articles. Numerous performances have included one by Theodore Bikel and Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman. The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony recently premiered Canopy of Peace, a song cycle on meditations by noted scholar and philosopher Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. The SAN BERNARDINO CARES benefit for the families of the victims of the 2015 terrorist attack performed Aria for a Calmer World for solo violin and orchestra. Steinberg’s two award-winning string quartets were premiered by the New World String Quartet in Boston and the Lyris Quartet in Los Angeles.
Commissions and premieres for 2017-2018 include Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano with the Sierra Ensemble in the Presidio in San Francisco, Whack-A-Mole USA with double bassist James Rapport at the Gesellschaft für Musiktheater in Vienna, and Paleface with the celebrated Neave Trio, which will have the trio playing to a video projection of paintings by acclaimed “psychological pop” artist Jerry Kearns at the Dimenna Center in New York City.
Steinberg is passionate about music education for listeners of all ages. He developed AudioMaps to help people follow the narrative of symphonic music. He is a popular pre-concert speaker for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and offers an annual Winter Lecture Series on a wide range of topics. Steinberg is also Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a widely-praised ensemble that includes 120 students from over 60 schools. The orchestra had its second successful international tour, performing to enthusiastic crowds in Italy at Cremona, Montecatini, and Rome.
Steinberg received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, studying with Leon Kirchner; an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, studying with Arthur Berger; and a B.A. from UCLA studying with Elaine Barkin.
Information about Steinberg’s current performances, recordings, and lectures, is available at russellsteinberg.com.