Early life and education
Pieczenik was born in Cuba of Jewish parents from Russia and Poland and was raised in France. His father, a doctor from Dombrovicz who studied and worked in Toulouse, France, fled Poland before World War II. His mother, a Russian Jew from Białystok, Poland, fled Europe after many of her family members were killed. The couple met in Portugal, where both had fled ahead of the Nazi invaders.Pieczenik was born in Cuba in 1943. After living in Toulouse for six years, Pieczenik’s family migrated to the United States, where they settled in the Harlem area of New York City, New York. Steve Pieczenik was eight years old when his parents received their entry visa to the the United States.
Pieczenik is a classical pianist and wrote a full-length musical at the age of eight.