COMPOSER

Biography

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Carolyn Steinberg

Carolyn Steinberg’s compositions have been performed in concerts and festivals in the U.S. and Europe including Tanglewood, Darmstadt, and Donaueschingen.  Works have been commissioned by the Fromm Foundation, Southwest German Radio Orchestra, and numerous chamber ensembles such as Emerald Trio and Duo Navona.   The 1990 recipient of the Goddard Lieberson Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Ms. Steinberg studied composition in the U.S. with Bernard Rands and Lumila Ulehla, and in Europe with Franco Donatoni and Brian Ferneyhough.  She holds degrees in music composition from The Juilliard School (Doctor of Musical Arts) and Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music), and the University of North Texas (Bachelor’s Degree in music theory).


For eight years, Carolyn was Artistic Director of the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra, presenting an annual concert of new music in Narrowsburg, New York.  With the organization's mission of providing performance opportunities to local composers and performers, Carolyn built programs that combined professional ensembles (Dorian Wind Quintet, Sweet Plantain String Quartet, and others) playing separately and together with local musicians, and premiering works by both professional and semi-professional composers.  Featured composers included Lee Hoiby, Ricky Ian Gordon, David Tcimpidis, Thermon Barker, and Sergio Garcia-Marruz. 


As a flutist, Carolyn's repertoire ranges from Bach to Debussy to Latin jazz.  With the Delaware Valley Opera, she played orchestral flute parts in La Perichole, Cosi Fan Tutte, and Norma.   Ms. Steinberg currently performs Latin jazz with her husband, Chacho Ramirez, in their band, La Banda Ramirez.  She also works with  pianist/composer Jeff Dawson, Dr. Mambo, Jack Glottman, and on tour with Latin jazz pianists Chris Villanueva and Daniel Wyman.   Her twice-monthly gigs at Paris Blues in Harlem attract such guest artists as the renowned singer “El Conde” Sonero Pichardo, and trumpeter Richie Vitale.