Working with many of the world's greatest living composers, New York-based pianist Steven Beck has been an intrepid performer, involved in countless solo, chamber and orchestra premieres.  

This week marks another first for Beck in his acclaimed career: a debut in this city as part of the Winnipeg New Music Festival. 

In a conversation with Simeon Rusnak, Steven Beck spoke more about his career and the joys of working with contemporary composers; how his program for the Winnipeg New Music Festival came together; and, shared details on his “pandemic project” — recording the 5 piano sonatas by George Walker. 


“I’m really looking forward to it,” says Beck from his home in New York. “I was happy to be able to put together the program. I’m excited!” 

That program, no doubt, came together quickly, as a last minute invitation was extended to Beck after pianist Vicky Chow was unable to attend the festival due to personal reasons. 

An experienced performer of new music, Beck has worked with composers including Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, George Crumb and collaborated with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae and the New York New Music Ensemble.

On Wednesday, January 26, Beck performs in a solo recital featuring the music of Katherine Balch, Olga Neuwirth, Charles Wuorinen, George Walker, and Sarah Kirkland Snider at the Centennial Concert Hall for a limited audience of 250. The concert will also be streamed online using the 

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