Saxophonist and conductor Andrew R. Steinberg has been recognized for his “beautiful tone” (composer Hans Kox) as well as his “astute and refined leadership” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. As a concertizing soloist and the Music Director of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, Dr. Steinberg has sought to perform needlessly neglected works from the repertoire alongside music by today’s composers. An advocate of music that challenges popular conceptions of the saxophone, Dr. Steinberg’s performances focus on works that highlight the “Sound-of-Sax” in ways never heard before, particularly in terms of timbre and aesthetic approach.
A highly sought-after orchestral saxophonist, Dr. Steinberg has been invited to perform at music festivals across the globe, including Verbier, Round Top, Spoleto, and Schleswig-Holstein. In addition, Mr. Steinberg has shared the stage with ensembles including the Callithumpian Consort, the New York Repertory Orchestra, the Richmond County Orchestra, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and Le Train Bleu.
As a concert saxophonist, Dr. Steinberg has worked with world-renown musicians including Leonard Slatkin, Jerry Junkin, David Newman, John Kennedy, Joshua Gersen, Phil Smith, and Joe Alessi, among others. In addition, he has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, NJPAC, Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dock Street Theatre, Eisenhower Hall at West Point, the Dimenna Center, and the Holstenhalle, located in Neumünster, Germany.
On top of his work as a soloist and an orchestral musician, Dr. Steinberg's interest in chamber music has resulted in performances of Anton Webern's Quartett, op. 22, the world premiere of Steve Cohen's Quintet for Alto Saxophone and Strings, the US premiere of Michael Nyman's Something Connected with Energy, the Boston premiere of Wolfgang Jacobi's Cantata, as well as the Boston premiere of Franco Donatoni's Rasch II.
In addition to performance activities, Dr. Steinberg’s passion for the rich history of the saxophone has led to lectures at venues including Boston University, New England Conservatory, Brookline Adult & Community Education, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The scope of his research has included topics such as The Life of Adolphe Sax, The Saxophone in the Weimar Republic, Historically Informed Performance Practice of the Saxophone Repertoire, as well as The “Rascherian” Approach.
Dr. Steinberg's mentors include Paul Cohen and Kenneth Radnofsky, as well as additional studies with Harry White, Wildy Zumwalt, James Houlik, Ronald Caravan, Patrick Meighan, Chien-Kwan Lin, and John Moore.
A graduate of New England Conservatory’s prestigious doctoral program, Dr. Steinberg serves as faculty at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, Director of Instrumental Music at La Jolla High School, and is Founder and Music Director of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra.