Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer RUSSELL STEINBERG received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works range from solo to chamber and orchestral and have been performed worldwide. In the fall of 2010 a West Coast tour of six concerts features his Daniel Pearl Foundation commission, Stories from My Favorite Planet, performed with LA Phil violinist Mitchell Newman in Santa Barbara, Encino, La Jolla, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and downtown Los Angeles. Recent awards and commissions include an ASCAPLUS Award, Orbit E for the Sonora Chamber Ensemble, a Gold Medal Jury’s Choice at the Park City Film Music Festival for Something True, and Heart of the World for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). The Westchester Symphony in New York and the Hopkins Symphony in Baltimore jointly commissioned Steinberg’s first symphony, CityStrains.
Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a group that includes students from over 60 schools in the L.A. area and performs at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles (losangelesyouthorchestra.org). A recent lecturer on the UCLA faculty, Steinberg is also a popular speaker for pre-concert events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New West Symphony, and the La Jolla Music Society SummerFest. Special public lectures in the winter of 2011 include discussions of Mahler’s symphonies, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and the Brahms Intermezzi.
He is the creator of AudioMaps, an innovative approach to music listening intended for beginners as well as connoisseurs. His books, AudioMaps To The Beethoven Symphonies, Vols. 1 and 2, were published in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Recordings of Steinberg’s music include Stories from My Favorite Planet, produced by the Daniel Pearl Foundation (available at danielpearl.org); Flute Sonata, recorded by Michelle Stanley and produced by Centaur Records; and Desert Stars, a recording of Steinberg’s music for piano and classical guitar. Information about Steinberg’s current performances and lectures is available at russellsteinberg.com.