Benjamin Steinberg (conductor)

Benjamin Steinberg
Benjamin Steinberg.jpg
Born(1915-03-15)March 15, 1915
Baltimore, Maryland, US
DiedJanuary 29, 1974(1974-01-29) (aged 58)
New York City
Alma materCurtis Institute of Music
Occupation
  • Artistic Director
  • Conductor
  • Violinist
Known for
Spouse(s)
Pearl Sondak
(m. 1939; d. 1994)
ChildrenBarbara Steinberg

Benjamin Steinberg (March 15, 1915 – January 29, 1974) was an American concert violinist, conductor, and civil rights activist, who is best known for being the founding artistic director of the pioneering Symphony of the New World. The first racially integrated orchestra in the United States, its history-making premiere took place at New York City's Carnegie Hall on May 6, 1965.[1][2]

Early years

Playbill for Steinberg's recital as "Little Ben", age 11

Benjamin Steinberg was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 15, 1915, to Moses and Annie Steinberg. His parents were from Odessa (then part of Czarist Russia, now the Ukraine) and had fled to the United States following the anti-Jewish Odessa pogrom of 1905 and the failed Russian Revolution that year. Benjamin first performed violin on the concert stage as an 11-year old in 1927.[1]

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