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A native of Highland Park, Steven Honigberg (born 1962) gave eight performances with the Chicago Symphony as a 16 year-old winner of the CSO’s Youth Competition. He graduated from the Juilliard School of Music with a Master’s Degree in 1984 where he studied with the famed American cellist Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins.

That year he soloed with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall and presented his New York Debut recital as a competition winner in Carnegie Hall. That same year , he was chosen by Mstislav Rostropovich to become a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. where he been for 33 years. In February of 1988, Rostropovich led the National Symphony in the world premiere of “Concerto for Two Cellos” by David Ott, with David Teie and Honigberg as soloists. The Washington Times reported: “It was a case of love at first hearing”.

Messrs Teie and Honigberg have played the work 30 times to great acclaim. With an extensive discography, Steven was principal cellist and chamber music director of the Bronfman Series in Sun Valley, Idaho where he was featured soloist in concerti by Barber, Bartok, Bloch, Bocchereni, Dvorak, Schumann and many others.. Honigberg performs on a Lorenzo Storioni cello made in Cremona in 1789.

Steven’s daughter, Lily Honigberg , began playing violin at age four. Lily spent her high school years at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and subsequently at the New England conservatory of Music in Boston where she studies with Lucy Chapman. A winner of several competitions, Lily is deeply interested in improvisation. Lily’s pan-celtic band, “Night Tree” won the New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Award. Lily will perform “Spring” from the Four Seasons, Steven will play Haydn’s beloved Concerto in D Major and the Strings will add two very different pieces by Italian composers, the “Adagio” by Albinoni and the “Concerto for Strings” by the “Godfather” composer, Nino Rota.

December 10, 2017
Highland Park High School
433 Vine, Highland Park
Free Admission, 3 p.m.

Concerto for Violin in E Major (*“Spring”)
from “The Four Seasons“
Lily Honigberg, Violin
Concerto for Cello in D Major
Steven Honigberg, Cello
Adagio in G minor
Concerto for Strings


“Many many thanks to you and the Strings for all the years of truly wonderful concerts. The Strings are a real gem and true asset to the area. Every single concert has always been…of downtown caliber.”
– Philip Bechen