Allan Steele, AYS alumnus and principal cellist with the Fort Worth Symphony, was born in Chicago and began studying the cello at the age of four. He studied at the Music Institute of Chicago for four years, and was a long-time member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, soloing with both the Concert Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra at a young age.
Steele has studied with many eminent pedagogues such as Tanya Carey, Hans Jensen and Susan Moses. He is currently a fourth year Bachelor of Music student at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where he studies with Ronald Leonard.
He has premiered several works in chamber or orchestral settings, including pieces by Mark Antony Turnage and Stephen Cohn. He has placed first in competitions such as the Society of American Musicians, Midwest Young Artists, St. Paul String Quartet Competition, and Fischoff Competition, as well as placing third in the Stulberg Competition.
Steele maintains an active solo career and has soloed with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a participant at Indiana University’s Summer String Academy program, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Montreal International String Quartet Academy.
He is a founding member of the classical music group “MC2,” and regularly performs in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas.