Performing Arts consultant Steven Shaiman was selected by Musical America in December 2018 as one of the top “30 Professionals of the Year: Innovators, Independent Thinkers, and Entrepreneurs.” He served as Senior Vice President and Director of Artist Management at Concert Artists Guild (CAG) from April 2003 through June 2019. In this key leadership role, he helped fulfill this venerable organization’s mission to nurture and support the careers of emerging young classical soloists and ensembles, all discovered via CAG’s renowned annual international competition. He oversaw the management of approximately eighteen artists each season, including career development and mentorship, booking of concerts, programming, marketing and publicity support, recording and video projects, and commissioning opportunities.
The list of artists mentored by Steve at CAG is wide-ranging, with many now enjoying successful careers, including: pianist/composer Michael Brown, harpist Bridget Kibbey, guitarist JIJI, violinist Alexi Kenney, flutist and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase; and groundbreaking ensembles Imani Winds, the Brasil Guitar Duo, Aizuri Quartet and PUBLIQuartet (all of which have been honored with Grammy nominations), as well as the Grammy-winning Parker String Quartet.
Prior to his position with CAG, Steve worked for nearly 14 years as Artist Manager for IMG Artists, one of the foremost international classical management firms. During his long tenure at IMG, he worked closely with some of the world’s most prominent artists as Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, James Galway, André Watts, John Eliot Gardiner, the Canadian Brass, and the King’s Singers. He also spearheaded numerous jazz projects, working with artists such as Fred Hersch, New York Voices, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin and a special multimedia project, “A Great Day in Harlem.”
Since 1988, Steve has proudly served as a Trustee of the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), where he began his arts administration career as Manager of Operations, and he has remained an active board member in securing guest soloists for the orchestra’s annual Carnegie Hall performances, among various other duties, including program consulting, music director searches, and also serving as Trustee Chair for the NYYS Jazz Program, featuring a student big band.
Since 2005, Steve has been Artistic Director and Conductor of New York’s Swingtime Big Band, Long Island’s premier authentic Swing era jazz ensemble. Swingtime performs frequently in concert and for private events throughout the greater New York Tri-state area, including five times at Lincoln Center’s renowned Midsummer Night Swing, among numerous other summer festivals.
Steven Shaiman is a graduate of Oberlin College, Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management, which was a course of Independent Study. In his senior year at Oberlin, he started Oberlin Student Ensemble Management, which helped secure engagements for soloists and ensembles from Oberlin’s renowned Conservatory of Music. An active performer on saxophone and clarinet and as a choral singer, while at Oberlin, Steve concertized with every major performing ensemble in the school’s renowned Conservatory of Music, including Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, and Choir.
A native of Queens and a Long Island resident for nearly 30 years, Steve has performed with numerous ensembles in the greater New York area, including the Band of Long Island, the Stardusters Big Band, New Millennium Big Band, Al Miller Band, Jorge Anders Big Band, Ben Grisafi Orchestra, NYU Concert Band, New York Big Band, North Shore Symphony, South Shore Symphony, Nassau Pops Symphonic Band and the International House Chamber Orchestra. He plays regularly in pit orchestras for both community and school musical theatre productions. He has also appeared as guest conductor with both the Band of Long Island and the NYU Concert Band in numerous performances.
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