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Steven Palincsar is equally at home as both accomplished violinist and pianist, chamber and orchestral musician, conductor, and violin teacher extraordinaire, joining the violin faculty at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, Illinois in Fall 2009. His students have twice been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Recently, he and a colleague, Margaret Pressley, who is director of the Seattle Conservatory, presented an audition preparation workshop for the American String Teachers Association National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Between them, they have had students accepted to nearly every major music school in the US, including the Aspen Music School, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, The Juilliard School, University of Michigan, and University of Southern California.

A native Chicagoan, Steven Palincsar had his first piano lessons at age seven and began violin studies shortly thereafter, making his debut at the age of twelve. Winner of the Chicago Park District Music Award, he went on to studies at some of the nation’s top music schools including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and The Juilliard School, as well as at the Meadowmount School of Music. He has performed extensively throughout the US and in Europe, appearing both in recital, with orchestra, on radio, and as chamber musician and conductor. In Chicago, he has played both at Grant Park and Orchestra Hall.

A graduate of The School for Strings’ Two-Year Suzuki Violin Teacher-Training Program in New York under Louise Behrend, he has taught on the faculty of The School for Strings in it’s prestigious Start-Up Program, which provides full-scholarship studies for minority and underprivileged pupils. He is a Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher (through Level Eight) with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and is a Life Member of the Association.

Recently, Steven Palincsar has been named as the first Haynes Family Distinguished Master-Teacher of Violin Studies, and has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the American String Teachers Association “in recognition of gratitude for contributions to the advancement of string teaching and playing.”

Steven Palincsar holds professional memberships in the following leading music organizations:

  • American Federation of Musicians
  • American String Teachers Association
  • Chamber Music America
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas

I asked myself a question: What do I want my students to be able to do? And I thought, I want them to be able to work independently and know what they are doing.

Dorothy DeLay