About the Musician


Hello and welcome ! Thanks for checking out my website. Mostly, I play and teach trombone (and sing a little bit in my jazz and rock group the Angel City Players).
I divide my time between teaching at 3 conservatories in the South of France and playing concerts locally, around France and internationally whenever possible.

Bonjour et bienvenue ! Merci d’être venu consulter mon site Web. Principalement, je joue et enseigne le trombone, mais chante aussi dans mon groupe de jazz soul the Angel City Players.
Je partage mon temps entre l’enseignement artistique (trombone, tuba, jazz, musiques actuelles) dans 3 établissements dans le sud de la France et des concerts en local, en France et à l’international

I have always performed classical and non-classical music. I love all styles of music and am happiest when I can perform lots of different genres with different groups.

J’ai toujours joué de la musique classique et non classique. J’aime tous les styles de musique et je suis plus heureux quand je peux jouer de nombreux genres différents avec différents groupes.

Teaching and participating in the musical lives of young (and not so young) musicians is very important to me. Music was the thing that centered me and gave me purpose when I was growing up. I love sharing my experience, knowledge and love for music with students of all ages in hopes to contribute to their lives in a positive way.

Enseigner et participer à la vie musicale de jeunes (et moins jeunes) musiciens est très important pour moi. La musique était ce qui me centrait et me donnait un but quand j’étais adolescent. J’aime partager mon expérience, mes connaissances et mon amour pour la musique avec des étudiants de tous âges dans l’espoir de contribuer à leur vie de manière positive.

I grew up in Santa Clarita just north of Los Angeles, California. The diverse, multi-cultural artistic environment of Southern California combined with some of the world’s best musicians who perform constantly and teach there, were my model and inspiration to develop as a versatile and adaptable performer.

J’ai grandi à Santa Clarita juste au nord de Los Angeles, en Californie. L’environnement artistique diversifié et multiculturel du sud de la Californie, combiné avec la présence de certains des meilleurs musiciens du monde qui se produisent constamment et y enseignent, ont été mon modèle et mon inspiration pour me développer en tant qu’interprète polyvalent et adaptable.

Silhouette of Michael Steinman, a European man in black outfit, playing trombone in front of a round window. Photo credit: Martine Maury
I had the great fortune to study for my bachelors degree at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles and then later obtained a double Masters of Music in Jazz Studies and Trombone Performance at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

J’ai eu la grande chance d’étudier pour mon baccalauréat à la California State University, Northridge à Los Angeles, et ainsi obtenir plus tard un double Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Trombone Performance à Indiana University à Bloomington, Indiana.

From 1999 to 2002 I had a dream job playing as the trombone sideman in the swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. In three short years, I had the amazing opportunity to play hundreds of shows all over the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe with this iconic group. Once that experience came to an end, I decided to put into motion my lifelong dream of pursuing a performance and teaching career in Europe.

I joined the US Army as a bandsman in October of 2003 and was posted to the US Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany in early 2004 just after the birth of my first child and then the NATO Jazz Orchestra in Mons, Belgium in the summer of 2005. Yet another wonderful opportunity working with outstanding musicians with performances in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Holland and Belorussia !!! It was a very difficult decision to leave the army in 2007 and relocate to the South of France where I now live and work.

Since arriving in France, I’ve played with a many local groups in Provence and have been invited to perform in Japan, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland and Belgium.

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