Born in Los Angeles, Arnold Steinhardt received his early training from Carl Moldrem and then with two Leopold Auer students, Peter Meremblum and Toscha Seidel. At the age of fourteen he made his solo début with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He continued his studies with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music and under the sponsorship of Georg Szell with Joseph Szigeti in Switzerland. Winner of the Philadelphia Youth Competition in 1957, the 1958 Leventritt Award, and Bronze Medalist in the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in 1963, he has appeared throughout America and Europe as a recitalist and soloist with various orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. Since 1964 he has been the first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Guarneri String Quartet which will now celebrate its forty-third season before the public. In addition to the quartet's many records for RCA, Philips, and Arabesque, Steinhardt's other recordings include Dvořák and Strauss with pianist Lincoln Mayorga, a reissue of unaccompanied Bach works, both on the Town Hall label, an all Robert Fuchs record with pianist Victor Steinhardt on Biddulph records, and a soon to be released CD set of the collected works by Schubert for violin and piano with pianist Seymour Lipkin on the Newport Classics label.
Arnold Steinhardt is Professor of Violin at the University of Maryland, Rutgers University, Bard College and The Curtis Institute of Music. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of South Florida and Harpur College. He is the author of numerous articles for Chamber Music America, Musical America, Keynote, and Strings. His first book, Indivisible By Four, a String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, appeared in 1998. His second book, Violin Dreams, will be published by Houghton Mifflin in October 2006.