Russell Steinberg

Russell Steinberg—Composer

Music for orchestra, chamber, solo, and film
Conductor, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra
Performer, Piano and Classical Guitar
Lecturer, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New West Symphony 


Russell received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works include solo, chamber, orchestral and film music, and have been performed worldwide. He conducts the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and performs himself on piano and classical guitar.


Two recent orchestral works— Carnegie Overture and EveStar received their world premieres at Carnegie Hall on February 25, 2013 performed by the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra conducted by Steinberg. The 2012 National Flute Convention in Las Vegas featured Steinberg’s Flute Sonata performed by Michelle Stanley.  Current commissions for 2013-2014 include the New West Symphony conducted by Marcelo Lehninger, Temple Valley Beth Shalom for settings of meditations by renowned Rabbi Harold Schulweis, and a new work commissioned by double bassist James Rapport to be premiered in Vienna, Austria in fall 2013. Steinberg is composer-in-residence for the Southern California Chamber Music Conference for summer 2013 that features his second string quartet.  The 2011 HEAR NOW Festival in Los Angeles featured Steinberg's first string quartet performed by the Lyris Quartet and his Daniel Pearl Foundation commission Stories From My Favorite Planet is performed annually in various American cities, telling the story of Daniel Pearl by alternating Pearl's Wall Street Journal articles with music. Steinberg's film score for Thor Gold's dramatic short SOMETHING TRUE screened at the Cannes Film Festival spring 2013.


Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a group that includes students from over 60 schools in the LA area and performs at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. A recent Lecturer on the UCLA Faculty, Steinberg is also a popular speaker for pre-concert events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New West Symphony. Steinberg is the creator of AudioMaps®, an innovative approach to music listening intended for beginners as well as connoisseurs. His books AudioMaps® To The Beethoven Symphonies, vol. 1 and 2 were published in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Available recordings of Steinberg’s music include Stories From My Favorite Planet, produced by the Daniel Pearl Foundation and performed by violinist Mitchell Newman, Flute Sonata recorded by Michelle Stanley and produced by Centaur Records, and Desert Stars, a recording of Steinberg’s music for piano and classical guitar, performed by the composer.