Robby Steinhardt is best known as the rock violinist and singer for the group Kansas, to which he was the frontman and co-lead singer along with keyboardist Steve Walsh, from 1973–1982 and 1997–2006.

Early life
Robert Eugene Steinhardt was born May 25, 1950 the adopted, and only son of Ilse & Milton Steinhardt. Robby grew up in Lawrence, Kansas where his father was the Director of the Music History and Literature department at the University of Kansas

Robby started violin lessons at age eight and was classically trained in Vienna, Austria as well as in the States. When his family traveled to Europe, the young Steinhardt played with some orchestras there.  He attended the American International School in Vienna.

Back in the States, he 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, one of which is holding his violin to the side of his head in order to hear himself better through the guitar amps and PA system.

Kansas Years
Robby Steinhardt was part of White Clover in 1972, the group’s name before adopting the Kansas name. Kansas was discovered by Wally Gold and signed with Don Kirshner and they released their first album in 1974. Steinhardt's violin sound, and its interplay with the guitar and keyboards, defined the Kansas sound. His lead vocals provided a contrast to the high tenor of singer Steve Walsh and the two often played off each other and sang in harmony, with Steinhardt sometimes taking the lower scale, but also holding the high notes in songs such as Cheyenne Anthem as well as the spine tingling “scream” during Portrait (He Knew).

Fellow band member, Kerry Livgren describing his role like this: "Robby had a totally unique function as a violinist, second vocalist, and MC in a live situation. Robby was the link between the band on the stage and the audience.”

Robby departed from Kansas after the Vinyl Confessions tour in 1982 for personal reasons. In the interim, he fronted his own band, Steinhardt-Moon along with the members of Stormbringer from 1990 to 1996, recording two CDs; the first self-titled Steinhardt-Moon and the second, Moonshot. He also did the lead vocals and violin on the song “New Day Yesterday” on the Jethro Tull tribute album, To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales on Magna Carta Records.

Steinhardt rejoined Kansas in 1997, and maintained a hectic touring pace, averaging almost 100 shows per year through 2006 when Steinhardt, in mutual agreement with the band, decided to leave Kansas to pursue other ventures.

Robby now wants to bring his unique vision and appreciation for the art in our world with this website. Soon you will see his special selections of artwork for T-shirts that is unique and special…keep watching as the site grows!