Steven Honigberg

Steven_honigberg webSTEVEN HONIGBERG is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with
Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins. Hired under the leadership of Mstislav
Rostropovich, he is currently a member of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Honigberg has given recent recitals in Washington DC at the Dumbarton Concert
Series, at the Phillips Collection, at the National Gallery of Art, and recitals in New York and
throughout the United States. In Chicago (his home town) he has appeared on radio
WFMT, at the Ravinia Festival, and as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ars
Viva Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony and New Philharmonic Orchestra among others. In
October 2014 Honigberg performed Andrzej Panufnik’s Cello Concerto with conductor
Marek Mos in Warsaw, Poland. He has appeared most recently in Washington, in 2015, as
soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in two performances at the Kennedy Center
of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Triple Cello Concerto with the NSO’s Music Director Christoph
Eschenbach. In 2009 Mr. Honigberg performed Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Cello
Concerto with the NSO and won rave reviews for the 1988 world premiere of David Ott’s
Concerto for Two Cellos conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony
with repeat performances on two NSO United States tours.
Mr. Honigberg was the Director of the Chamber Music series at the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington DC for eight years (40 concerts) where he premiered a
number of new works by such composers as Lukas Foss, Benjamin Lees, Robert Starer and
David Diamond. He participated in extensive recordings of concerts held at the museum,
including four recordings of music from the music series in addition to CDs of Korngold
and Ernst Toch’s chamber music. He has recorded extensively with the Potomac String
Quartet, including the nine string quartets composed by American Quincy Porter and the
eleven quartets of David Diamond which John von Rein, music critic for the Chicago
Tribune, chose as one of his top 20 CDs for 2003. Honigberg has also recorded the
complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano, and the complete work of Chopin for
cello and piano with his mother, Carol Honigberg.
From 1990-2009, Honigberg was principal cellist, chamber music director of the Edgar M.
Bronfman series in Sun Valley, Idaho where he was featured as soloist with the summer
symphony in concerti by Barber, Bartok, Bloch, Boccherini, Dvorak, Elgar, Goldschmidt,
Haydn, Korngold, Popper, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Walton.
STEVEN HONIGBERG BIO
In the summer of 2014 Mr. Honigberg was professor of cello in an International Course of
study in Valbonne Sophia Antipolis, France. Mr. Honigberg is a member of Gerard
Schwarz’s All-Star Orchestra, which in August 2012 convened in New York City to record 8
one-hour programs for PBS television. He is also a member of the Smithsonian Chamber
Society, PostClassical Ensemble and the Phillips Camerata. Honigberg has collaborated in
chamber music with such well-known musicians as violinist Hilary Hahn, and pianists Jean-
Yves Thibaudet, Jon Nakamatsu, James Tocco and Shai Wosner. As author, in 2010 his first
book was published: Leonard Rose: America’s Golden Age and Its First Cellist. Honigberg
performs on a Lorenzo Storioni cello made in Cremona in 1789.