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Charles Stegeman

Associate Professor and Chair of Strings
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music 210
Phone: 412.396.5119


M.M., Violin Performance, The Julliard School, 1979
B.M., Violin Performance, Curtis School of Music, 1975

Canadian born violinist Charles Stegeman is now in his third decade as a University Professor and pedagogue. Former students of his hold positions as University Professors around the country, including the University of Texas at Austin, Azusa Pacific University, Duquesne University and UCLA. They have also held positions and performed with orchestras including the Houston Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Radio Orchestra among others. Many of Mr. Stegeman's students have gone on to study at such prestigious institutions as the Juilliard School, the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California, the Curtis Institute of Music, Rutgers University, NYU, the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik , Yale University, Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music. They have attended festivals including Tanglewood, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, the Evian and Verbier festivals in Switzerland, and Music Academy of the West. They have also pursued careers as successful studio and free-lance musicians in Los Angles, Toronto, Pittsburgh, New York, Las Vegas and Nashville.

Mr. Stegeman made his recital debut at age seven and debuted as soloist with the Banff Festival Orchestra at age nine in Alberta, Canada. He was awarded scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music at the early age of 13 where he earned his Bachelor's Degree, including academic coursework at the prestigious Haverford College, at the age of 20. He continued his formal music education at the Juilliard School where he earned a Masters Degree of Music Performance and worked towards an Artist Diploma. His teachers include: Esther Glazer, Paul Stassevitch, Ivan Galamian, Nathan Milstein, Jaime Laredo, David Cerone, Paul Makanovitsky, Joseph Gingold, Dorothy Delay, Zvi Zeitlin, Joseph Fuchs, Stuart Canin, and Sally Thomas. In the area of chamber music he studied with Mischa Schneider, Isadore Cohen, Felix Galimir, Michael Tree, David Soyer, Donald McInnes, Janos Starker, William Primrose, Zara Nelsova, Ruggiero Ricci, Manahem Pressler, and Zoltan Szekely to name only a few. He attended several International Summer Music Festivals such as the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, CA), the Banff School of Fine Arts (Banff, Alberta), the Meadowmount School of Music (Westport, NY), the Ravel Festival (St. Jean de Luz, France), and the International Master classes with Nathan Milstein (Zurich, Switzerland). He has appeared as soloist with orchestra in many countries including Canada with the Vancouver Symphony with Gerard Schwarz conducting, France with the Toulouse Orchestre Symphonique with Jan Pascal Tortellier conducting, RTB Orchestra in Belgium with Serge Baudo conducting, the U.S. with the Kansas City Symphony with Bill McLaughlin conducting, and with the New York Chamber Players in Grammercy Park also with Bill McLaughlin conducting. Equally at ease as a chamber musician, he has appeared as a Columbia Artist performer for over 10 years with the Canterbury and Sartory Piano Trios where he replaced David Cerone. Other chamber music colleague collaborations include Cynthia Phelps, Carter Brey, Zara Nelsova, Peter Salaff, Jennifer Langham, Gerome Lowenthal, Henri Temiyanka, Don McInnes, Ron Leonard, Nico Abondolo, Richard O-Neill, Paul Coletti, Timothy Cobb, and the Takacs Quartet. While working towards his Doctorate at the University of Michigan, he accepted a joint position with the University of Missouri at Kansas City and the Kansas City Symphony as Concertmaster and Artist in Residence. A winner of five national competitions and one international violin competition (CMC in Montreal), Mr. Stegeman currently performs approximately 75 concerts a year as Concertmaster, Chamber Musician, and Soloist in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and The Caribbean.

Well known for his artistic vision in the creation of music festivals, Mr. Stegeman has founded several festivals including the Western Slope Music Festival (Crested Butte, CO), the Sunflower Music Festival (Topeka, KS), Buzzards Bay Music Festival (Cape Cod, MA), and Music Fest Midwest (Kansas City, KS). He also serves as Concertmaster at international festivals such as the St. Bart's Music Festival in the French West Indies, the Music Academy of the West (2000-2003), the French / American Chamber Ensemble in the Cher Valley, France (1991-2000), the Canadian National Repertory Orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario, and the FEMUSC Festival in Santa Catarina, Brazil. He has been involved in the raising of millions of dollars to support classical music at these festivals, most recently having raised funding to commission Los Angeles composer Bruce Broughton to write a concerto for chamber orchestra for the Twentieth Anniversary of the Sunflower Music Festival.

Having resided in Pittsburgh for 20 years, Mr. Stegeman is currently Chair of Strings at Duquesne University and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA). He holds the position of Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the New West Symphony Orchestra in Thousand Oaks, CA. He plays a Nicolo Gagliano violin dated 1776 and an Arcus Cadenza carbon-fiber bow. He is married to violinist Rachel Stegeman and lives with his four children.