Allen 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.|
In 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, CO.
Mr. 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.
Mr. 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.