Victor Steinhardt is professor emeritus of piano at the University of Oregon, where he has been on the faculty since 1968. In 1972-73, he taught at the University of Washington. Steinhardt received the B.Mus. degree in piano from Mount St. Mary's College in 1964 and the M.A. degree in composition from UCLA in 1967. He studied piano with Aube Tzerko and Rosina Lhevinne and composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Henri Lazarof, and Roy Harris.

Steinhardt has performed widely with a large repertoire of concertos, solos, and chamber music. He has been a featured artist at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival in California, the Sun Valley Music Festival in Idaho, the Chamber Music Northwest Series in Portland, Bargemusic chamber series in New York, the Mohawk Trail Concerts in Massachusetts, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival.

Steinhardt has received broad recognition for his own compositions, including Sonata Boogie for violin and piano, Running Blue for clarinet, violin, and piano, and Ein Heldenboogie, a piano solo.