Steven Beck


Has played with The Knights since: 2000.

Favorite Knights moment: rehearsing piano quartets an enormous amount in the summer of 2001 with Eric, Guillaume and Kyle, and then playing them in libraries on Long Island. It was incredibly fun and I learned so much. I’ll never forget that.

American pianist Steven Beck continues to garner impressive acclaim for his performances and recordings worldwide. Praised by the New Yorker as “one of the city’s finest young pianists,” a recent New York concert by Mr. Beck was described as “exemplary” and “deeply satisfying” by Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times.

Highlights of the 2011-12 season included performances of solo works by Charles Wuorinen at the Guggenheim's "Works and Process" series, as well as an appearance with the Aspen Festival Orchestra in Messiaen's Concert A Quatre. In addition, he performed on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series, and celebrated the tenth annual performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on Christmas Eve and Brandenburg Concertos on New Year’s Eve at Bargemusic; these have become a New York institution.    

In the words of New York Times critic Allan Kozinn, Mr. Beck is “an eloquent and persuasive performer of contemporary works.” He has worked with Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, Charles Wuorinen, George Crumb, George Perle, and Poul Ruders, and performed with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Metropolis Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Da Capo Chamber Players. He is a member of the Talea Ensemble and The Knights.

An eminent recording artist, Mr. Beck’s discography includes world premiere recordings of newly discovered works by Beethoven on Monument Records and a recording of Elliott Carter’s Double Concerto on Albany Records (described as “impressive” by Gramophone), as well as solo works by Louis Karchin and Andy Laster. His recording Places of the Spiritwith flutist Paula Robison won the Classical Recording Foundation’s Samuel Sanders Award for 2008, and the debut CD of his chamber ensemble “Pleasure is the Law” was released on Boston Records in 2009.

Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble (under David Robertson) and the Virginia Symphony. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and Miller Theater, as well as on WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. He has performed as a musician with the New York City Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and appeared as an orchestral musician with the New York Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as performing with the Pacifica and Manhattan string quartets.

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