Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Steven Frucht

Steven Frucht, violin, viola, violoncello, and keyboard instruments, was born and raised in New York City, studying violin at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College division with Christine Dethier. He continued his studies with Sophia Vilker at the Longy School of Music, and spent three formative summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. While at Tanglewood he studied chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner, Julius Levine, Gil Kalish, Joel Krosnick, Leon Fleisher, and Yo-Yo Ma, and served as concertmaster of the fellowship orchestra under Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein. He received the Henry Kohn award as the outstanding member of the 1989 fellowship session. As a chamber musician and recitalist he has performed in Boston, New York, and El Paso, and as a soloist with the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and with the Longwood Symphony in Jordan Hall. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife and three daughters.
      Although Steve normally plays in our cello section, he was one of our two viola soloists in the Sixth Brandenburg Concerto on Musica Bella’s All-Bach concerts on December 17 and 18, 2005; he was our organist in the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony in February 2007; and he and his violinist daughter Emma performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto with us on September 8 and 9, 2007.

Musica Bella concerts: October 24, 2004; January 30, 2005; March 13, 2005; October 30, 2005; December 17, 2005; December 18, 2005; January 22, 2006; March 26, 2006; May 21, 2006; February 18, 2007; September 8, 2007; September 9, 2007

This bio last updated October 15, 2005