Mark Steinberg is first violinist of the Brentano String Quartet, which has an active career both in the U.S. and abroad since 1992. The quartet has won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the first Cleveland Quartet Award, Lincoln Center’s Martin Segal Prize, and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. The group is also quartet-in-residence at Princeton University. With a repertoire that spans from the Renaissance to the music of today, the quartet has been involved in numerous commissions and special projects.
Individually active as a soloist and chamber musician as well, Mark Steinberg has been heard in numerous European festivals, the Marlboro Festival, the El Paso International Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a frequent duo partner of pianist Mitsuko Uchida, with whom he presented the complete cycle of Mozart piano and violin sonatas in Europe in the fall of 2001, with additional recitals in numerous other cities. He has released a Mozart recording with Uchida on the Philips label that was chosen by The Sunday Times of London as the best classical music CD of 2005. Steinberg has been soloist with orchestras including the London Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Auckland Philharmonia with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kurt Sanderling. Steinberg 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, Mark Steinberg has worked closely with many composers and has performed with new 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. He is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music and has taught at The Banff Centre, Princeton University, New York University, and the Pre-College division of the Juilliard School.