Steven Schoenberg

Piano Improvisations

Steven began improvising on the piano at age three. His early influences were Beethoven and the Beatles, Stravinsky and Muddy Waters, Schubert and Stephen Foster. While at the Hartt School, Steven performed piano improvisations in conjunction with concerts featuring his works. As composer in residence at Longmeadow High School in Longmeadow, MA, his improvisational concerts became legendary with students and faculty. In 1982, Steven recorded a concert at Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College, and from that performance, Pianoworks was released on Quabbin Records. Two years later, Quabbin released Three Days in May. Between them, the albums sold approximately 60,000 copies.

He signed on as an artist with The Ted Kurland Agency and a few months later incurred a serious finger injury, which halted his performing for several years. In 2007, Steven returned to the concert stage and is now performing once again. His new album, Steven Schoenberg Live: An Improvisational Journey, was recorded in January 2008.

Steven has performed at venues including:

  • Weill Recital Hall, New York City
  • Blues Alley, Washington, D.C.
  • At My Place, Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL
  • Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
  • Nightstage, Cambridge, MA
  • Mohawk Trail Concerts, Charlemont, MA
  • Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA
  • Academy of Music, Northampton, MA
  • Skidmore College, Phillips Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Smith College, Sage Hall, Northampton, MA,
  • Amherst College, Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst, MA

"I think Steven’s music is some of the most incomparably beautiful music I’ve ever heard. When I listen, I am transported…to someplace very peaceful. If I were to be banished to an island and could take music, his would be among what I’d choose…and if there were only two choices, Schoenberg would be one!"

- Lee Thornton, Senior Host, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered National Public Radio