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Steven Tenenbom

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Viola, Festival Artist Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Steven Tenenbom

Norfolk Festival artist Steven Tenenbom, viola, has enjoyed a widely varying career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher of the next generation of talented musicians. He has appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson and Beaux Arts trios. He is the violist of the Orion String Quartet, which is quartet-in-residence at Mannes College of Music and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He is also a co-founder of the exciting piano quartet OPUS ONE. 

Tenenbom is a member of the viola faculty of the Juilliard School and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He is also is the coordinator of string chamber music at the Curtis Institute of Music. Among his many recordings are the complete Beethoven and Kirchner quartets with the Orion Quartet and Mozart viola quintets with the Guarneri Quartet. 

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Tenenbom’s teachers included Max Mandel, Heidi Castleman, Milton Thomas at USC, and Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music. He and his wife, violinist Ida Kavafian, live in Connecticut where they breed, raise, and show champion Vizsla purebred dogs.

Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Brandenburg Ensemble