Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Steven Zynszajn
Steven Zynszajn, violin/viola, was born in Chicago where he started playing the violin at the age of five. Shortly thereafter, he moved to France where he won the Prix d’ Honneur of the Leopold Bellan competition at the age of twelve. The following year, he was the youngest student to be admitted to the Paris National Conservatoire.
He received his Artists’ Diploma from the Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and followed chamber music classes with Felix Galimir and Rohan DeSilva.
He has played at major venues as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, including Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and with the Aspen Festival’s Young Artists Orchestra performing works by Wieniawsky and Sinding. He recently performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonia in a program of Gershwin songs.
Steven has appeared throughout Western Europe, performing in France, Belgium, Spain, and Switzerland. He has played as a recitalist at the festivals of Annecy and Colmar and at the Unesco Auditorium and the Auditorium des Halles in Paris. He was an invited guest of the Singer-Polignac foundaton at a special gala concert celebrating the centennial of the birth of Nadia Boulanger. His concerto appearances include Mozart’s Concerto in A with the Levallois Orchestra and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Saint-Flour festival.
Steven’s radio and television broadcasts include WNYC in New York and Radio Classique in France, and he has been featured on the Television show “Good Morning America” on ABC. He recently collaborated in a month-long run of the off-Broadway play Two performing excerpts from the Beethoven Violin Concerto. He also performed in recitals at the Harbor Theater and the Juilliard Concert Series at Maiden Lane.
He is currently on the music faculty at the Marymount School and the Lycee Francais de New York. In addition, he is the founder and president of La Belle Musique Inc., a music entertainment and concert agency. He regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the New York area.
He performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Musica Bella Orchestra on May 2, 2004.
Musica Bella concerts: May 18, 2003; October 19, 2003; November 30, 2003; February 29, 2004; May 2, 2004