charles stegeman

Charles Stegeman

Professor of Violin
Mary Pappert School of Music

Music, Room 210
Phone: 412.396.5119


M.M., The Juilliard School
B.M., Curtis Institute of Music

Canadian born violinist Charles Stegeman made his recital debut at age seven in Banff (Alberta, Canada) and debuted as soloist with the Banff Festival Orchestra at age nine. He was awarded a full scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music at the early age of 14 where he earned his Bachelor's Degree, including academic coursework at the prestigious Haverford College, at the age of 20. Stegeman continued his formal music education at the Juilliard School where he earned a Master's Degree in Music Performance and worked towards an Artist Diploma. Stegeman's teachers include Ivan Galamian, Nathan Milstein, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Gingold, Dorothy Delay, and Sally Thomas. He continued with doctoral studies at the University of Michigan but had to abandon the degree when he was awarded the joint positions of Associate Concertmaster and Assistant Professor of Violin with the Kansas City Symphony and The University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1985.

In the area of chamber music, he studied with Mischa Schneider (Budapest Quartet), Isadore Cohen, Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio) Michael Tree, and David Soyer (Guarneri String Quartet), to name only a few. He attended several international summer music festivals including 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). Stegeman has appeared as an international soloist with the Vancouver Symphony with Gerard Schwarz conducting, France with the Toulouse Orchestre Symphonique with Jan Pascal Tortelier conducting, RTB Orchestra in Belgium with Serge Baudo conducting, the Kansas City Symphony with Bill McLaughlin conducting, and the New York Chamber Players in Gramercy Park also with Bill McLaughlin conducting, as well as in all the festivals with which he currently performs. He is a sought after master class clinician giving classes internationally at El Systema throughout Venezuela, The Beijing Central Conservatory, Beijing China, as well as in the United States and Canada.

Stegeman appeared as a CAMI (Columbia Artist Management Inc.) for a decade with the Canterbury and Sartory Piano Trios where he replaced David Cerone (former Director of the Cleveland Institute of Music). Other chamber music collaborations include Cynthia Phelps and Carter Brey (Principal Violist and Cellist of the NY Philharmonic respectively), Peter Salaff (Cleveland Quartet), Gerome Lowenthal (The Juilliard School), Ron Leonard, Paul Coletti (The Colburn School in LA), Timothy Cobb (Principal Bass of New York Philharmonic of NY), and the Takacs Quartet. A winner of five national competitions and one international violin competition (CMC in Montreal), Mr. Stegeman currently performs approximately 60 concerts a year as Concertmaster, Chamber Musician, and Soloist in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and The Caribbean. Since 1980, Stegeman has played for over four million people and performed over 2,400 concerts. He has performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Denver, Paris, Zurich, Brussels, London, to name a few major centers of music, and he is known internationally as an established chamber music performer. He has founded 4 international music festivals and still directs two of them after 30+ years of management. The Sunflower Music Festival and the Buzzard's Bay Musicfest are still going after 34 and 24 years, respectively. His former students can be heard in regional and freelance orchestras as well as in major symphony orchestras internationally. Also, his former students are teachers throughout the globe, both in public school and university settings.

A father of 4 children, he resides with his violinist wife, Rachel, in Pittsburgh, PA. He plays a rare 1776 violin by Nicolo Gagliano "Ex- Lucien Capet" and an Arcus carbon fiber bow.

Areas of Expertise:

  • International Violin Performance
  • International Violin Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Program management and development
  • Festival Development and Direction
  • Fundraising and Project Development