Blog | Mar 15

An Unexpected Career

Renowned first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, told Conservatory students how his unforeseen chamber career unfolded, in a Zoom workshop on March 12, 2021

One of the greatest opportunities of the semester thus far, Conservatory students Zoomed into a workshop with Guarneri Quartet violinist, Arnold Steinhardt, on March 12, 2021 to hear about his unexpected career path as a chamber musician.

When he first walked the halls of the Curtis Institute of Music as a young student, he didn't have any intention of becoming a professional chamber musician. "I don't think I had ever played a string quartet!" he said. In the early 1960s, a wave of chamber music swept through the United States. Steinhardt and his cohorts rode on that wave "...for the next forty-five years," becoming one of the most highly acclaimed string quartets of the twentieth century.