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Steven Braunstein

Steven Braunstein headshot


Office 315


Courses Taught

Applied Lessons


MM, State University of New York, Stony Brook

BA, California Institute of the Arts


San Francisco Symphony

Grand Teton Music Festival

Toronto Symphony, 1979–1989


What is your hometown?

New York, NY

What is your favorite recording?

There are so many...

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Bicycling, running, art, and photography.

Who were your major teachers?

Bill Douglas, Arthur Weisberg, and Elias Carmen.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

It was a natural progression — there was not one particular moment.

What was a turning point in your career?

The day I realized how hard I would have to work and how much I would have to practice.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Not a clue.

What recordings can we hear you on?

All San Francisco Symphony recordings with contrabassoon from 1990 on.

What is your unrealized project?

Commissioning a concerto from Frank Zappa.