charles stegeman

Charles Stegeman

Professor, Violin
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music 210
Phone: 412.396.5119


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

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 Masters Degree of 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 La 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 the Metropolitan Opera 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 3 million people and performed over 2400 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.

A father of 4 children, he resides with his violinist wife Rachel in Pittsburgh, PA. He plays a rare 1776 violin by Nicolo Gagliano and a bow made of space age by "Arcus" of Austria in 2007, which he finds superior to his collection of 15 priceless French and English bows.