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Violinist Arnold Steinhardt was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1937. He had his first violin lessons with Peter Meremblum and Toscha Seidel, and he made his debut at the age of fourteen as a guest soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He then studied with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and later, sponsored by conductor George Szell, with Joseph Szigeti in Switzerland.

Steinhardt won the Philadelphia Youth Competition in 1957, the Leventritt Award in 1958, and the bronze medal in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 1963. He subsequently appeared in recital and as guest soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe and served as assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. During the summer of 1964, Steinhardt and three other string players, joined by pianist Rudolf Serkin, performed chamber music at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont. Their success, and the encouragement of Alexander Schneider, a member of the legendary Budapest String Quartet, prompted the group (without Serkin) to form the Guarneri String Quartet, with Steinhardt as first violin, a position he still holds today.

In addition to his extensive recordings with the Guarneri Quartet, Steinhardt has made numerous solo recordings as well as recordings with other performers, including his brother, the pianist Victor Steinhardt. These recordings occasionally feature Arnold playing the viola rather than the violin. Steinhardt’s recordings appear on the RCA Victor, Philips, Arabesque, and Sheffield Lab labels, among others. His most recent releases are an all-Robert Fuchs CD on Biddulph Records and a reissue of unaccompanied Bach works on the Town Hall label.

Arnold Steinhardt is professor of violin at the University of Maryland, where the Guarneri Quartet players are artists-in-residence, and at Rutgers University and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of South Florida and from Harpur College of the State University of New York at Binghamton. His account of the day-to-day life of the Guarneri Quartet, Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony, was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 1998.



Sheffield 7

Bach, Johann Sebastian.
   Sonata for violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001.
   Partita for violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004.

Reissue: TownHall 7 (1998)

RCA Red Seal 2887
Guarneri String Quartet.

Dvorák, Antonín.
   Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American."
Smetana, Bedrich.
   Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor, T 116 "From my life."

Reissue: Philips 420 803 (1987)

RCA LSC 6188
Guarneri String Quartet.

Schumann, Robert.
   Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44.

Reissue: RCA Victor 63066 (2001)

Columbia MS 6848
Alexander Schneider, Jaime Laredo, John Dalley, violin. Michael Tree, Samuel Rhodes, viola. David Soyer, Leslie Parnas, cello.

Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix.
   Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20.

Reissue: Sony Classical 46251 (1991)


RCA Red Seal LSC 6188
David Soyer, cello. Artur Rubinstein, piano. Arnold Steinhardt, violin. Michael Tree, viola.

Brahms, Johannes
   Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25.
   Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60.

Reissue: RCA Victor 63065 (2001)


RCA Red Seal 3050
Peter Serkin, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, conductor.

Schoenberg, Arnold.
   Concerto for piano and orchestra, op. 42.
   Five piano pieces, op. 23.
   Fantasy for violin and piano, op. 47.


RCA Red Seal VCS 11-100
Guarneri String Quartet.

Beethoven, Ludwig van.
   Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1.
   Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133.
   Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2.
   Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3.
   Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4.
   Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5.
   Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6.
   Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky."
   Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky."
   Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky.”
   Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp."
   Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso."
   Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127.
   Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130.
   Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131.
   Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132.
   Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135.

Reissue: RCA Victor 55704 (2004)


RCA Red Seal ARL1-0187
Guarneri String Quartet

Debussy, Claude.
   Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10.
Ravel, Maurice.
   Quartet for strings in F major.

Reissues: RCA 60609 (1992), Surrounded By Entertainment 1004 (2001)


Sheffield Lab 18
Lincoln Mayorga, piano.

Dvorák, Antonín.
   Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150.
Strauss, Richard.
   Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18.

Reissue: Sheffield Lab 10039 (1994)


RCA Red Seal 5167
Emanuel Ax, piano. John Dalley, violin. Michael Tree, viola. David Soyer, violoncello. Julius Levine, double bass.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.
   Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik."
Schubert, Franz.
   Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout."

Reissue: RCA 63329 (1999)

Northeastern Records NR 222
Virginia Eskin, piano.

Bauer, Marion.
   Sonata for viola and piano, op. 22.
Beach, Amy (Mrs. H.H.A.).
   Invocation : op. 55.
Boulanger Lili.
Chaminade, Cécile
   Romanza appassionata : op. 31.
   Sérenade espagnole.
Tailleferre, Germaine.
   Sonate pour violin et piano.

Reissue: Bauer piece reissued on Albany 297 (1998)


RCA 5419
Guarneri String Quartet.

Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich.
   Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11.
Verdi, Giuseppe.
   Quartet for strings in E minor.

Sheffield Lab SLS -501
Lincoln Mayorga, piano.

Dvorák, Antonin.
    Sonatina in G major, op. 100.
Grieg, Edvard.
   Sonata no. 3 in C minor, op. 45.
Herbert, Victor.
   A la valse.
Kreisler, Fritz.
   From the operetta Apple blossoms: Who can tell?
   Miniature Viennese march.
   Hungarian dance in F minor (after Brahms).

Reissue: Sheffield Lab 10063-2 (1996)


Philips 100104
Guarneri Quartet.

Grieg, Edvard
   Quartet for strings in G minor, op. 27.


RCA Victor 7770-7772
Guarneri String Quartet

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.
   Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 1 in B flat major, K 174.
   Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 5 in D major, K 593.
   Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 3 in C major, K 515.
   Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 4 in G minor, K 516.
   Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 2 in C minor, K 406 (516b).
   Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 6 in E flat major, K 614.

Reissue: RCA Victor 60390 (2004)

Polygram Records 26240
Guarneri String Quartet

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.
   Quartet for strings no. 14 in G major K. 387 "Spring."
   Quartet for strings no. 15 in D Minor K. 421, K. 417b.

Philips Classics 432 108-2
Guarneri String Quartet

Schubert, Franz.
   Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956.
   Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz."

Reissue: RCA Victor 62310 (2004)


RCA Victor 60406
Guarneri String Quartet

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.
   Quartet for piano and strings in G minor, K. 478.
   Quartet for piano and strings in Eb major, K. 493.


RCA 60909
Guarneri String Quartet.

Debussy, Claude.
   Quartet for strings in G minor, Op. 10.

Reissue: Surrounded By Entertainment 1004 (2001)


Biddulph Recordings LAW 012
Victor Steinhardt, piano.

Fuchs, Robert.
   Fantasy Pieces (10) for violin & piano, Op. 74.
   Sonata for violin & piano No. 6 in G minor, Op. 103.
   Six Fantasies for viola & piano, Op 117.


Philips 456 574-2
Guarneri String Quartet

Janácek, Leos.
   Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata."
   Quartet for Strings no 2 "Intimate letters."


Arabesque 6687
Guarneri String Quartet.

Schubert, Franz.
   Quartet for strings in A minor No. 13("Rosamunde"), D. 804 (Op. 29).
   Quartet for strings in D minor No. 14("Death and the Maiden"), D. 810.


Delos 3198
Shanghai String Quartet

Brahms, Johannes.
   Quintet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 88.


Surrounded By Entertainment 1004
Guarneri String Quartet.

Fauré, Gabriel
   Quartet for strings in E minor, Op. 121.

Koch International 7532

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang.
   Quintet for Piano and Strings in E major, Op. 15.
      Benny Kim, violin. Kirsten Johnson, viola. Eric Kim, cello. Cecile Licad, piano.
Lanner, Josef.
   Die Werber, Op. 103.
   Marien Walzer, Op. 143.
   Amors Flugel Walzer, Op. 120.
      Carmit Zori, violin. Marji Danilow, double bass. Robert Rinehart, viola.


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