The Artists

Mark Steinberg, violin

Mark Steinberg is an active chamber musician and recitalist. 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 also appeared in the El Paso Festival, on the Bargemusic series in New York, at Chamber Music Northwest, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and 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, a project that continues for the next few years. 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. An advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Steinberg has worked closely with many composers and has performed with 20th century music ensembles including the Guild of Composers, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Speculum Musicae, and Continuum, with which he has recorded and toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe. He has also performed and recorded chamber music on period instruments with the Helicon Ensemble, the Four Nations Ensemble, and the Smithsonian Institute. He has taught at Juilliard’s Pre-College division, at Princeton University, and New York University, and is currently on the violin faculty of the Mannes College of Music.

Marija Stroke, piano

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.