George Steel founded and conducts two acclaimed ensembles, the Vox Vocal Ensemble and the
Gotham City Orchestra. He has worked in New York and around the world as a producer,
conductor, composer, singer, pianist, teacher, musicologist, and impresario. A versatile
performer, Mr. Steel is one of a select rank of musicians to have performed at both
Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a conductor, pianist, and singer.
An advocate for early music, he has conducted hundreds of acclaimed performances with the
Vox Vocal Ensemble and other groups, and has created or commissioned dozens of editions of
early music, including publishing the complete works of composer Robert Parsons (ca.
1535-1572) on a website, leading to a wave of performances and recordings.
Mr. Steel has collaborated with an array of artists, including Maurizio Pollini, Luciano
Berio, Iannis Xenakis, Odetta, Elliott Carter, Mavis Staples, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ned
Rorem, Peter Lieberson, Steve Reich, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Ornette Coleman, Milton
Babbitt, Pierre Boulez, John Zorn, Helmut Lachenmann, and Leonard Bernstein, among
As an impresario, Mr. Steel has produced ballet, opera, theater, films, recordings, art
installations, and concerts. For four years as general manager and artistic director, he
led the fight to save New York City Opera. During his tenure, he produced New York stage
premieres of Bernstein's A Quiet Place, Thomas Adès's Powder Her Face,
Morton Feldman's Neither, John Zorn's La machine de l'être, Mark-Anthony
Turnage's Anna Nicole, and Rossini's Mosè in Egitto, among other