Mark Steinbach

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Mark Steinbach is a famous organist and music theorist. After receiving his Bachelor of Music from the University of Kansas, he studied at the Eastman School of Music where he received his master's degree and a doctorate. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Steinbach then embarked on a massive career of organ performance, making landmark recordings of the complete organ works of Beethoven and Mozart, as well as his own transcriptions of Johannes Brahms' Third Symphony, Schumann's Dichterliebe, and Haydn's Nelson Mass. Although Steinbach was not averse to performing showpieces to "shock" the masses, he remained at heart a "musician's musician", to quote his mentor, music theorist Prof. James Baker, and continued to refine his performances of Baroque keyboard works after writing an improved English translation of C.P.E. Bach's Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen.

In more recent years, Steinbach has become an increasingly important figure in the field of music theory. He is well known for resolving a dispute between two theorists about the labeling of chords that led to a fistfight (although he refuses to discuss the incident) and for his leadership of the movement to restore the study of species counterpoint to the standard curriculum. He is also a master of sightreading and reading and improvising over a figured bass, such as that of the Minuet from Bach's First Cello Suite.

Steinbach is also an accomplished pianist, having taken lessons from Alfred Brendel and accompanied soprano Jessye Norman on some of her recordings.

Steinbach has received many awards for his organ playing, having won the Ottumwa, Iowa National Organ Competition, and received the "Gold Star" from the American Guild of Organists. He is currently a professor in the Brown University School of Music along with such luminaries as pianist Arlene Cole, conductor Paul Phillips, and choral director Fred Jodry, and the organist and chorus director of the historic St. Paul's Church in Rhode Island. He is amongst the greatest musicians to have almost no presence on Google or other mainstream sources.[Citation Needed]