Steve Lindeman

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Steve Lindeman, is a professor of Music at Brigham Young University where he teaches theory and analysis, jazz studies, and piano. He is married to Sharon Kessinger, an art teacher at the Waterford School in Sandy. Dr. Lindeman has a varied background, with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, piano emphasis from Indiana University, a Masters of Arts in Music Theory from Queens College, CUNY, and a Ph.D. in Theory and History from Rutgers University.


He has published a number of scholarly writings concerned with Felix Mendelssohn, the 19th piano concerto, and jazz. He is also active as a jazz composer and pianist, performing with Q'd up, the BYU School of Music faculty quintet, and as a freelancer in the Salt Lake City area.

Lindeman's research on Felix Mendelssohn led him to discover an original manuscript of a two-piano concerto. The concerto was originally played by Ignaz Moscheles and Feliz Mendelssohn in 1824. Moscheles hand-copied the manuscript for himself and Mendelssohn significantly revised his own manuscript. As the years passed, only the revised manuscript was played. However, as Lindeman researched, he found both manuscripts and was able to compare the differences between the first draft and the final piece. In 2003 the American Piano Duo and BYU's Philharmonic Orchestra joined to make the first ever recording of the concerto's first movement. The group also recorded the revised version, creating a unique CD for listeners to compare the two versions.

Lindeman was invited to perform as part of the 2008 International Double Reed Society convention. In 2008, he was accepted as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. In 2009, he was the co-winner, along with Jay Lawrence, of the Utah Arts Council Jazz Composer Commission. They each contributed a new work, and both works were performed in July 2009 at the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival by the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jerry Floor. Lindeman’s piece is titled Meet Me When the Stars Come Out.

In 2012, BYU's premiere jazz ensemble, Synthesis, recorded a CD of 13 jazz pieces composed by Lindeman. This project was funded by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts.

Lindeman was one of the top artists in Arnaldo DeSouteiro’s, 35th Annual Jazz Station Poll for his 2013 album titled The Day After Yesterday. The album was also voted as one of the Best Jazz Instrumental CDs, while Lindeman, himself, topped the Best Composer and Best Arranger lists.

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