Who was Robert Steinhardt?
Robert Steinhardt was an American rock violinist who was widely known for his work with the group Kansas, for which he was co-lead singer/”frontman” and MC along with keyboardist Steve Walsh.
He and Steve Walsh were the only original members of the band.
Robert E ‘Robby’ Steinhardt died in Tampa on Saturday, July 17, due to complications from pancreatitis.
Robert E. “Robby” Steinhardt, violinist and vocalist for 18 years with the progressive rock band Kansas, died Saturday at age 71 in Tampa, Fla. https://t.co/4oNDMtn8W0
— CJOnline (@CJOnline) July 19, 2021
How old was Robert Steinhardt?
Born on May 25, 1950, Robert Steinhardt was 71 years old at the time of death, July 17, 2021.
Robert Steinhardt Wiki, Bio
Robert was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1950 and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, and was the adopted son of Ilse and Milton Steinhardt. Robby started violin lessons at age eight and was classically trained.
When his family traveled to Europe, the young Steinhardt played with some orchestras there.
Steinhardt attended Lawrence High School and was the concertmaster during his high school years. He has often said that joining a rock band caused him to develop poor playing habits.
Robert Steinhardt Violinist
Steinhardt’s violin sound, and its interplay with the guitar and keyboards, helped define the Kansas sound.
He performed with ‘Kansas’ from 1973 to 1982 and again from 1997 to 2006. ‘Kansas’ sold more than 15 million records and gave seven top 40 hits, including ‘Dust in the Wind’ and ‘Carry on Wayward Son’. The band is now in Atlanta and continues to perform with Williams and Ehart as the only original remaining members.
Robert Steinhardt Death
Robert Steinhardt’s family released a statement that said, “Robert Eugene Steinhardt was well recognized as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas.”
“His violin and vocals on ‘Dust in the Wind,’ ‘Point of No Return’ and ‘Carry on Wayward Son’ have etched Robby a solid place in rock history. Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback. Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill.”
Robert Steinhardt Wife
His wife, Cindy Steinhardt, said he died Saturday at a hospital in Tampa Florida.
She announced on Facebook Monday that he had just recorded his first solo album, and had been looking forward to being back on stage and going on tour.
Robert Steinhardt Cause of Death
The violinist-vocalist has died due to complications from pancreatitis.
The musician’s wife confirmed the news, saying he had been hospitalized for acute pancreatitis. https://t.co/LLjRxesEVa
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 19, 2021