Mark Steinberg is first violinist and founding member of the Brentano Quartet, in existence since 1992. With the quartet he has performed extensively in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Japan and Colombia. The quartet is ensemble in residence at Yale University, has recorded extensively, and has won many awards, such as the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the inaugural Cleveland Quartet award and the Royal Philharmonic Society award for best debut in the UK. He is also an active chamber musician and recitalist outside of the quartet. He has been heard in chamber music festivals in Holland, Germany, Austria, and France and participated for four summers in the Marlboro Music Festival, with which he has toured extensively. He has appeared often in trio and duo concerts with pianist Mitsuko Uchida, with whom he presented the complete Mozart sonata cycle in London's Wigmore Hall in 2001, with additional recitals in other cities. With Ms. Uchida he has also recorded a group of Mozart sonatas for Philips. Mr. Steinberg has been soloist with the London Philharmonia, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kansas City Camerata, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists, with conductors such as Kurt Sanderling, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Mark Steinberg holds degrees from Indiana University and The Juilliard School and has studied with Louise Behrend, Josef Gingold, and Robert Mann. Active in both new music and period instrument performance, Mr. Steinberg has performed and recorded frequently with groups such as Continuum, the Helicon Ensemble and the Four Nations Ensemble. He has been on the faculties of Juilliard's Pre-College division, Princeton University, and New York University, and is currently on the violin faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes School of Music. Steinberg has been on quartet competition juries at eh Banff International Quartet Competition, the London - Wigmore Quartet Competition, and the Mozart Quartet Competition in Salzburg. He has taught often at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Aspen Festival and the Taos School of Music and has given master classes at the Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England, and numerous other schools.
Pianist Marija Stroke has performed chamber music and solo recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Hong Kong. The New York Times has described her music making as “delightfully extroverted, Stroke’s playing was splendid” and “piercing through to the composer’s melancholy soul”. Ms. Stroke performs at such music festivals as Caramoor, the City of London Festival, Soirées des Junies in France, Chamber Music Virginia, the Moab Festival in Utah, La Jolla Summerfest, Juneau Jazz and Classics, and Chamber Music Northwest. She has made concerto appearances in the United States, France, Germany and Austria.
Ms. Stroke is also co-artistic director of the Garden City Chamber Music Society. She has performed chamber music with the Brentano, Miami, Daedalus, and Borromeo string quartets. Her recordings include chamber music of Bruce Adolphe with the Brentano String Quartet on a CRI disc – Turning, Returning (“Stroke and the Brentano String Quartet offer performances that are spectacularly heartfelt, colorful, and technically assured.” Stereophile), released in 1997, and the three sonatas for violin and piano of Edvard Grieg, with violinist Curtis Macomber, released in 2002 on the Arabesque label. “Do You Dream in Color”, a recording with mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin of music by Bruce Adolphe, Joaquin Rodrigo and Gabriel Fauré was released by Bridge Records in 2012 and was awarded “Critics’ Choice” by American Record Guide.