Nyoshin Steir began working as a professional musician at age 14.
Mr. Steir received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the
Manhattan School of Music. He studied the shakuhachi in New York
with Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin, in Kyoto, with Yoshio Kurahashi and
in Tokyo with Aoki Reibo.
1996 he received his Jun-ShiHan certificate and the performing name
of Nyoshin, meaning "as the essence of spirit and truth,"
and in 1998 received his ShiHan certificate. In that year he was
an invited artist at the International Shakuhachi Festival in Boulder,
Steir has performed extensively with the New York Gaga-ku Imperial
Orchestra, as both a solo artist, and a member of trio ensembles
at Tenri Culture Center, playing classical Japanese music, and as
a guest artist with the Inoue Ensemble.
Steir has composed and played original scores for such theater productions
as Antigone. His first album, Castles in the Sky, is traditional
Zen Honkyoku, or meditation music, was released in 1996. He can
also be heard on the sound track of Jack and Me, a documentary and
the feature film, Interstate 84.