NEW LEBANON, N.Y. (AP) — Maria Callas. Placido Domingo. Renee Fleming. Luciano Pavarotti. Herbert von Karajan.
These are some of the star musicians who have faced the camera of Christian Steiner — “the world’s premier photographer of divas and conductors,” as The New York Times has called him.

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Some people seem destined to succeed no matter where they point their talents. Yamaha artist Christian Steiner is one example: during a setback early in his musical career, he became one of the most renowned photographers in the classical music world. Today, back at the piano and running a popular seasonal venue, he’s enjoying the peak of both professions. Read the rest of this entry »

The New York Times THE ARTS Saturday, July 6, 1991

PHOTOGRAPHER OF FAMOUS PERFORMS WITH THEM, TOO
By BENARD HOLLAND

While aspiring pianists vainly butt their heads against the walls of the artist management agencies along 57 th Street in New York, Christian Steiner has become a performer of notice by the most amiable and circuitous of routes: taking pictures. He is the eminent photographer of musicians, and soft-spoken New Yorker whose depictions of Herbert von Karajan, Maria Callas, Birgit Nilsson, Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo have become powerful silent partners in the world of concerts and recordings.

At 5 P.M on Sunday, however, Mr. Steiner will accompany the soprano Jessye Norman in a recital at the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, several hours north of New York City. It is a benefit for a new summer series, the Tannery Pond Concerts. With Christina Wirth and an active board, Mr. Steiner plans the concerts, books the artists, designs the brochures and worries about new cushions to soften the stern Shaker benches on which his new clientele will sit. Read the rest of this entry »

Leisure & Arts
Photographer to the Stars of Opera and Concert Stage
By Joanne Kaufman, New York

“Please lean forward”, says the photographer Christian Steiner to the pianist Ruth Laredo. “Nice, good,” enthuses Mr. Steiner. “Turn your face. Not quite as much. Now, tell me, where did you play the Brahms? And how is the Honolulu Symphony?”

“Shake your head. Chin up higher. Yes. Good. And is the Brahms a piece you’ve played often?”

Mr. Steiner fires off a volley of flashes and returns to a discussion of the D Minor Concerto. “What do you do with those trills? The asks. Ms. Laredo obligingly demonstrates on the Bechstein in a corner of the 55 year-old photographer’s Central Park West living room. “Hmm”, says Mr.Steiner as he carefully observes the brisk finger work.

“That’s not how I was taught.” Read the rest of this entry »