Born: October 17, 1952
Steven Schoenberg is a dynamic, award-winning composer/pianist whose talents cross into musical theater, classical compositions, film scoring, children’s music, and solo improvisational piano performances. His acclaimed recordings, Pianoworks and Three Days in May, are now available on CD. After a finger injury stopped his piano improvisational concerts in the early 1990’s, Schoenberg is back with the newly released Steven Schoenberg Live, An Improvisational Journey. He regularly performs improvisational piano concerts and has appeared at concert halls throughout the United States. His recent film scores include the documentaries Monica and David, for HBO to air in 2010, A Class Apart, for the PBS series American Experience; An Act of Conscience, for Showtime; and Farmingville, which opened the 2005 PBS series POV...
Schoenberg’s Three Days in May (Quabbin Records) is worth the effort. It’s an eloquent, lush, and flowing series of improvisations that are spliced together to form sequential states of mind. He claims that the performances are completely spontaneous, and if that’s so, they are within strict melodic and rhythmic frameworks. ~DownBeat Magazine
Schoenberg performs spontaneously improvised works and yet each one has the polish, sophistication, and technical mastery of a complex piece of music. ~ David Sokol, Music Editor, Advocate Newspapers
More than a small musical miracle occurred in Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall last night. Steven Schoenberg held more than 500 people spellbound for 90 minutes with a mix of artistry and understated spirituality. Schoenberg’s concert wove together styles as different as classical, popular, and blues into a highly original fabric that is warmly familiar. His versatility and extraordinary musicianship allow him to evoke classical music one minute and the spirit of an off-Broadway passion play the next. ~Rob Okun, Daily Hampshire Gazette
Schoenberg is a bright composer, and his sparkling album Pianoworks is almost 45 minutes of Schoenberg’s solo improvisations, most of them from a concert he gave at Amherst College. He’s a lyrical player with a gift for delicate interlocking melodies and extended single-note runs high up the keyboard. ~ Ray Murphy, Boston Globe
A concert by Steven Schoenberg is like almost nothing else in music. Others can improvise in performance, but very few can improvise over so wide a range of musical forms as those with which Schoenberg is in touch. ~John Stiffler, Hampshire Life
An Improvisational JourneyTzadik
Steven Schoenberg Live: An Improvisational JourneyQuabbin Records
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