The Colorado College Music Department welcomes trombonist Peter Steiner for a performance and masterclass on Monday, Dec. 5, in Packard Hall, and as a guest soloist with the CC Concert Band on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Celeste Theatre in Cornerstone Arts Center.
Both visiting artist events are free and open to the public. Monday's performance with Steiner and pianist Constanze Hochwartner begins at 3:30 p.m., followed immediately by the masterclass. Tuesday's Concert Band Concert features a South American music theme beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the band will accompany Steiner for the world premiere of the wind ensemble version of Dimitri Cervo's Trombone Concerto.
Steiner’s stop in Colorado Springs is part of a five-month U.S. Tour that began in early November. His playing has been described as “beautifully controlled with a vocal sound” and he is recognized around the world as “a new trombone star within his generation” who “plays with total control.” He was a 2019 Prize Winner at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia.
Steiner and Hochwartner have also been invited for an hour of casual conversation with students at the Max Kade House during the CC German Program’s regularly-scheduled Kaffeestunde event on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 7.
At the age of 23, Steiner was appointed Trombonist of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic for the 2016-2017 season. Prior to that engagement he served as Principal Trombonist with the Colorado Symphony for the 2014-2015 season. He has performed as guest trombonist with the Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Steiner has soloed with numerous ensembles around the world including, most recently, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfõnica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro. He has had the privilege of performing the world premieres of Eric Ewazen’s “Visions of Light” (Chamber Orchestra Version) and Gilles Rocha’s “Fly or Die” with Brass Band accompaniment. He can be heard on his debut album, UNITED, which was released in January 2017 under the HELLOSTAGE Label, in collaboration with Hsiao-Ling Lin (piano) and Silver Ainomäe (cello).
He began his studies at the Music Conservatory in his hometown of Bolzano, Italy before continuing his studies at The Mozarteum of Salzburg (Austria). In 2016 he graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City with a Performance Diploma. His major teachers and influences include Joseph Alessi, Warren Deck, Nitzan Haroz, and Dany Bonvin.
Steiner performs exclusively on Bach Trombones - his signature is the Artisan 47XPS.
Austrian artist Hochwartner is an international touring solo organist and pianist. She received her first piano lessons at the young age of three, before being accepted into a class for gifted students in 2005 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. After graduating from high school, she switched her focus from piano to organ and started her studies in concert performance for organ with Univ. Prof. Ulrich Walther. Simultaneously, she studied instrumental and vocal pedagogy with an additional focus on piano and graduated in the Fall of 2017. In October 2019 she finished her master's degree studying with Univ. Prof. Karin Tafeit (organ) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She has also been mentored by Univ. Prof. Gunther Rost.
Hochwartner has given solo performances around the globe, including organ concerts in Europe, the United States and South America. She performed as a soloist in the Graz Cathedral in 2015 and 2016 and at the “Grazer Orgelfrühling” 2016 in the Herz Jesu-Kirche in Graz. In June 2017 she gave a recital in the parish church of St. Xaver in Leoben and concerts with the brass ensemble of the University of Music and Performing Arts.
<strong>About the Hochwartner-Steiner Duo:</strong>
Pianist/organist Hochwartner and trombonist Steiner have been performing together as a duo since 2017. The first collaboration album SAPPHIRE was released in July 2019 under the Berlin Classics label, followed by BINARY STAR, on which Constanze plays organ (released in May 2021). In addition, they also recorded THE FIRST NOËL – a Christmas Collection including both instruments (organ and piano) paired with trombone was released in December 2021. The most recent album 2022 was released in July 2022.
In addition to their U.S. performances, their 2022-23 season includes concerts in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, and Singapore. Together they have toured Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.