Stephen Honigberg is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins. Hired under the leadership of Mstislav Rostropovich, he is currently a member of the National Symphony Orchestra and is also founder and member of the Potomac String Quartet. In Washington he has appeared as soloist with the National Chamber, McLean, Alexandria, Amadeus, Mount Vernon, Washington Conservatory, Washington University, Virginia and JCC Symphony Orchestras and has presented cello recitals at The Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton, Embassy of France, Cosmos Club, Howard University, Mount Vernon College and George Washington University. In Chicago, his hometown, he has appeared on radio WFMT, at the Ravinia Festival, and as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ars Viva, Lake Forest and New Philharmonic Orchestras among others.
He has appeared most recently as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in a performance at the Kennedy Center of Eric Wolfgang Korngold’s Cello Concerto and won rave reviews for the 1988 world premiere of David Ott’s Concerto for Two Cellos conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony with repeat performances on two NSO United States tours. Honigberg was director of the chamber music series at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC for ten years where he premiered a number of new works by such composers as Lukas Foss, Benjamin Lees, Robert Starer and David Diamond. He participated in extensive recordings of concerts held at the museum, including four recordings of music from the music series and CDs of Korngold and Ernst Toch chamber music.
He has recorded extensively with the Potomac String Quartet, including the nine string quartets composed by Americans Quincy Porter and the eleven quartets of David Diamond which John von Rein, music critic for the Chicago Tribune, chose as one of his top 20 CDs for 2003. Honigberg has also recorded the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano, and the complete works of Chopin for cello and piano with his mother, pianist Carol Honigberg. He has collaborated in chamber music with such well-known musicians as violinist Hilary Hahn, and pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jon Nakamatsu, James Tocco and Shai Wosner. Also an author, Beckham Books in 2010 published his book: Leonard Rose: America’s Golden Age and Its First Cellist. Honigberg performs on the “Stuart” Stradivarius cello made in 1732.