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. Farmingville took home the Special Jury Award from the Sundance Film Festival. Schoenberg has scored numerous Emmy Award-winning films for other PBS series including NOVA and Smithsonian World. For children’s television, he has composed songs for Sesame Street and scored films for ZOOM and the Children’s Television Workshop. He was executive producer and composer for Kid Quest, which garnered two New England Emmy Awards in 2008. Other children’s projects include composing music for the award-winning book and CD My Bodyworks, written by his wife Jane Schoenberg.
Steven Schoenberg’s kaleidoscopic piano speaks with a uniquely American voice. His flowing compositions, laced with stride, folk, modern jazz, and impressionistic styles,
burst open into full-scale musical dioramas.
~ Tom Regan, Prairie Public Radio
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.
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