American Viola Society Presents Arnold Steinhardt Live Interview

July 24, 2023, 1:33 PM · The American Viola Society is inviting the public to its monthly Greenroom series, which this Saturday (July 30) will include an interview with Guarneri Quartet co-founder Arnold Steinhardt, live from the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.

Steinhardt is a violinist with many stories to tell, as evidenced by his two wonderful books, Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony and Violin Dreams, and his ongoing blog,

Arnold Steinhardt
Violinist Arnold Steinhardt. Photo courtesy the Colburn School>

Steinhardt will be interviewed by Steven Tenenbom, Juilliard faculty and violist with the Orion String Quartet and Opus One.

To register to see it for free via Zoom, click here and scroll to the bottom. (Be sure to select a number of tickets next to "Arnold Steinhardt Greenroom - General" when you register.) Following the event, all registrants receive a link to the event recording to view at their convenience.

Here is a bio of 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 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, 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.

Steinhardt is first violinist and a founding member (1964-2009) 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. He is professor of violin at Bard College and the Curtis Institute of Music, in addition to the Colburn Conservatory of Music.

Steinhardt has written two books: Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony and Violin Dreams. 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.

Steinhardt’s recordings include Franz Schubert’s complete works for violin and piano with Seymour Lipkin on Newport Classic, American Journey on Naxos Records 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.

Steinhardt writes a monthly blog about music on You can also find more information about him on his website at

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

Again, here is the link to register! Each month, the AVS invites a notable violist into its virtual “greenroom” for an informal live discussion with a Q&A opportunity for participants. The series is curated and hosted by Tenenbom. The series is normally offered free to AVS members and $15 for non-members.

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July 24, 2023 at 07:01 PM · My teacher in college, who was of the Galamian circle ("Mister Galamian", that is) said that Steinhardt got sacked from that studio when he studied with Szigeti. Possibly picked up a few unorthodox habits?

What I would love to know is whether he had studied the Debussy Sonata with Szigeti. The maestro did a fabulous trio of recordings of it, in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. And he apparently had a very unusual way of thinking about vowel sounds on the violin, which he would apply to music in interesting ways.

July 24, 2023 at 07:39 PM · Galamian's loss.

July 25, 2023 at 03:41 PM · AS was probably ready to move on at that point, and is generally identified as a Galamian student.

July 27, 2023 at 06:56 PM · Steinhardt says in The Art of Quartet Playing that when he studied with Szigeti he had already left Galamian and was playing in the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, who pointed him to Szigeti.

July 29, 2023 at 09:45 PM · Yeah-- this teacher said a few things that I'm not quite sure about. There was one of the nasty rumors about Peresson violins, for example. Anyway, I'd love to hear about Szigeti's teaching. Apparently, Steinhardt does some hilarious impressions of that.

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