John Steinmetz   



Office: B111  
Telephone: (310) 206-4080 

As a Los Angeles freelance bassoonist, John Steinmetz plays a great variety of musical styles for concerts and for TV and film soundtracks. He plays chamber music with Camerata Pacifica and has performed frequently at the Oregon Bach Festival and the Apple Hill Summer Festival. With XTET he premiered many new works, recording Donald Crockett's mini bassoon concerto Extant and Stephen Hartke's Sons of Noah for four bassoons, four flutes, four guitars, and soprano.

John Steinmetz's teaching emphasizes the expressive aspect of music and tools for practicing and playing that increase vividness and vitality. UCLA bassoonists have gone on to teaching jobs, freelance work, orchestra playing, graduate school, and work in other fields. 

John's compositions appear on CDs from Helicon, Crystal, Mark Masters, MSR Classics and Albany. His Sonata for bassoon and piano has entered the repertoire at music schools, and his Quintet for winds has been performed widely by touring ensembles and resident quintets. Recent compositions include orchestral pieces that add beginning musicians, and chamber pieces commissioned by large consortia of players, ensembles, and organizations.

He has received commissions from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Keene Chamber Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony, South Bay Chamber Music Society, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Neoteric, DDG Trio, Chamber Music Palisades, and Pacific Serenades. John's writings have appeared in Chamber Music, the NARAS Journal, The Double Reed, and Symphony. His pamphlet "How to Enjoy a Live Concert," is published by Naxos; his article "Resuscitating Art Music" has been widely reprinted.

A former Vice President of Chamber Music America, John serves on the boards of Monday Evening Concerts and Renaissance Arts Academy (a public charter school making intensive arts training available regardless of means or previous experience). He lives in Altadena with his multitalented wife Kazi Pitelka; they have two children. For more information, please visit www.johnsteinmetz.org.