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Maurice Steger (Musical Director, Recorder)

Born: May 15, 1971 - Wintertur, Switzerland

The Swiss musical director and recorder player, Maurice Steger, studied recorder and ancient music with Pedro Memelsdorff and Kees Boeke and conducting with Marcus Creed. After his studies, he won several international competitions and prizes, including the highly decorated Karajan Prize 2002, for his musical activities.

Maurice Steger is a one of the most influential and popular soloists of his generation. He is a frequent guest soloist with leading Baroque ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert, Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina or I Barocchisti. He also regularly appears with modern symphony orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Barock Solisten, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Zürcher Kammerorchester, also in the role as conductor.

Maurice Steger has performed with celebrated artists such as Thomas Quasthoff, Dorothea Röschmann, Hilary Hahn, Laurence Cummings, Rainer Kussmaul, Igor Oistrakh, Marcus Creed, Jörg Faerber, Fabio Biondi, Sandrine Piau, Andrew Manze, Sol Gabetta and Diego Fasolis, Albrecht Mayer and Ruth Ziesak. In recital he is regularly accompanied by Naoki Kitaya and the Continuo Consort, by Markus Märkl, Alexander Weimann and by Sergio Ciomei.

His project Tino Flautino, a musical fairy-tale for children, has enjoyed great success and is also available on CD (Philips). In addition Maurice Steger has recorded several albums, many of which have been crowned with international awards (Diapason dor, choc du monde de la musique, Fono Forum, Repertoire 10, Grammy Award selection, Amadeus, 10/10 Classics Today and many others). His discorgraphy includes:
1. Georg Philipp Telemann: Suites and Concerto - Maurice Steger and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (harmonia mundi)
2. Giuseppe Sammartini: Sonates per flauto - Maurice Steger & his consort (harmonia mundi, 2007)
3. Venezia - Venetian music around 1700 - Maurice Steger and his concert (harmonia mundi)
4. G.P. Telemann: Flute quartets - Reinhard Goebel / Musica Antiqua Köln (Archiv Deutsche Grammophon)
5. J.S. Bach: Dialogue Cantatas - Thomas Quasthoff and Dorothea Röschmann - Rainer Kussmaul / Berliner Barock Solisten (Deutsche Grammophon)
6. J.S. Bach: Complete Brandenbourg Concertos - Diego Fasolis / I Barocchisti (Arts)
7. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per molto strumenti - Vol. 1 and 2 Fabio Biondi / Europa Galante (Virgin, EMI)
8. Tino Flautino - Musical fairy tale for children - Maurice Steger and Zürcher Kammerorchester (Philips)
9. Antonio Vivaldi: Recorder Concerti - Maurice Steger and I Barocchisti (Claves, Records)
10. Georg Philipp Telemann: Sonaten - Maurice Steger & his consort (Claves Records)
11. La Castella: Instrumental music of the 17th century Maurice Steger & his consort (Claves Records)
12. An English Collection: Instrumental music of the 17th and 18th century - Maurice Steger & his consort (Claves Records)
13. An Italian Ground: Instrumental music of the 17th and 18th century - Maurice Steger & his consort (Claves Records)

Maurice Steger teaches master-classes in Europe and abroad.

Source: Nikos Efthimiou (September 2008); Photo by Marco Borggreve for harmonia mundi
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Nikos Efthimiou (September 2008)

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