Arnold Steinhardt and Lincoln Mayorga – “From 0 to 75 in 60 minutes”

Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 8 pm
405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY
Tickets $30 – click here

A musical celebration of their 75th birthdays, their life-long friendship, and musical journeys beginning in Hollywood and extending around the world.What do the Guarneri Quartet violinist and Disney pianist have in common?  Join us and find out!

Program: Brahms Sonata in A Major, Grieg Sonata #3 in C Minor and Lincoln’s West Hollywood Rumba (without an ‘h’)


Arnold Steinhardt

Arnold Steinhardt was born in Los Angeles, receiving his early training from Karl Moldrem, Peter Meremblum and Toscha Seidel, and making his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at age fourteen. He continued his studies with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music and with Joseph Szigeti in Switzerland in 1962 under the sponsorship of George Szell.

Winner of the Philadelphia Youth Competition in 1957, the 1958 Leventritt Award, and Bronze Medallist in the Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition in 1963, Mr. Steinhardt has appeared throughout North America and Europe as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra, among others.

Mr. Steinhardt is first violinist and a founding member (1964) of the internationally acclaimed Guarneri String Quartet with which he has made innumerable tours across the globe and recorded dozens of albums for RCA Victor, Philips, Arabesque and Surrounded By Entertainment. The quartet retired in 2009. He is professor of violin and chamber music at Colburn Music School, the University of Maryland, Bard College, and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Arnold Steinhardt has written two books: Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998); and Violin Dreams (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).  He is the author of articles which have appeared in Chamber Music America, Musical America and Keynote. Recipient of Honorary Doctorates from the University of South Florida and Harpur College, Arnold Steinhardt has also received an award for distinguished cultural service from the City of New York presented by Mayor Koch. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

Mr. Steinhardt’s recordings include Franz Schubert’s complete works for violin and piano with Seymour Lipkin on Newport Classic, American Journey on Naxos Records with his brother Victor Steinhard featuring a variety of seldom heard American music and three new works written for him, two CD’s on Sheffield Lab with pianist Lincoln Mayorga: Strauss and Dvorak and Romantic Music for Violin and Piano which he recorded “direct-to-disc”; and a TownHall recording of unaccompanied Bach works.

Arnold Steinhardt plays a Lorenzo Storioni violin from Cremona, Italy, late 18th century.

Lincoln Mayorga

Find a musician who is equally versatile and virtuosic regardless of musical genres and you’ve found Lincoln Mayorga. The range of his professional success transcends the varied worlds of classical music, popular music, and jazz.For many years, Lincoln enjoyed one of the busiest studio careers in Hollywood. He was the staff pianist for Walt Disney Studios and contributed to the soundtracks of such motion pictures as “Chinatown,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Competition,” “The Rose,” and “Ragtime”,to name a few.As pianist, arranger, and conductor, Lincoln made many recordings with such artists as Marni Nixon, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Vikki Carr, Mel Torme, Phil Ochs, Andy Williams, Frank Zappa, and Quincy Jones.

Lincoln has taken his diverse 18th through 21st century repertoire to more than two-hundred cities across the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia. His performing collaborations have been with such musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Richard Stoltzman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, and many distinguished American orchestras.

He has become recognized as a champion of American music. The Moscow Philharmonic invited him to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue and “I Got Rhythm” Variations, on their first concert devoted to American music. The recordings derived from that concert have been widely praised in the music press and are often played on the radio.

Lincoln has been the featured guest on “Piano Jazz,”Marion McPartland’s popular program on National Public Radio. He recently completed the composition of a piano concerto,”Angels’ Flight,” a nostalgic tribute to the city of Los Angeles and the cinematic musical idiom. This work had its first performance with the composer as soloist, assisted by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. (“Angels’ Flight” had its sneak preview with the Columbia Festival Orchestra, Gwen Gould, conductor).

With the Harmonie Ensemble conducted by Steven Richman, Mayorga is featured soloist on the 2010 Harmonia Mundi release, “Gershwin and Grofe — Original orchestrations and arrangements.” This recording has made the top ten in the Billboard classical charts.

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