Masterclass with Maurice Steger
Monday 29 February 2016
Recital Hall East
Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music offer you the opportunity to attend a masterclass with acclaimed Swiss recorder player and conductor, Maurice Steger. You are invited to witness him working with talented students, workshopping techniques to perfect their craft in an ‘open lesson’ format.
Recorder player and conductor
He has been celebrated as the “the Paganini of the recorder” by music critics and been described as “the world’s leading recorder virtuoso” (the Independent) – today Maurice Steger is one of the most fascinating recorder players, conductors and musical professors working in the sphere of Early music. In these different capacities, he thrills audiences around the world.
Maurice Steger is an incredibly charismatic musician: spontaneous, captivating and full of energy. Maurice has brought new life and prominence to the recorder. The 2015 ECHO Classic Award for “Best Instrumentalist of the Year” is testimony to his success.
As a soloist and as conductor, Maurice regularly performs with the top period instrument ensembles, such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the English Concert and I Barocchisti. He also performs with leading modern orchestras such as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Berlin Baroque Soloists (Berlin Philharmonic), the Canadian Violons du Roy or the NDR Radiophilharmonie.
Maurice also performs with artist colleagues including Cecilia Bartoli, Andreas Scholl, Pablo Heras-Casado, Laurence Cummings, Nuria Rial, Bernard Labadie, Sandrine Piau, Diego Fasolis and Sol Gabetta.
Tours of Asia and Australia have led to performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taipei Symphony among others. He was the first recorder player from the West to perform with the Traditional Taipei Chinese Orchestra. He also regularly performs in North and South America.
Maurice is committed to musical education, especially for young children. Steger also teaches masterclasses each year, and in 2013 took over the directorship of the Gstaad Baroque Academy at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad.
‘Mr. Corelli in London’, ‘Una Follia di Napoli’, ‘Vivaldi: Concerti per flauto’ and ‘Telemann: Recorder Works’ with The English Concert, I Barocchisti and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin: numerous award-winning CD recordings published by harmonia mundi, most of them with highly imaginative thematic concepts, are a long-standing testament to the unique prominence achieved by this artist.
- Free, bookings not required.