Maurice Steger

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Maurice Steger (born 1971 in Winterthur, Switzerland) is a Swiss recorder player and conductor, mostly in Baroque music.

Maurice Steger is a frequent guest soloist with leading Baroque ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert, Europa Galante, the Accademia Bizantina or I Barocchisti. He also regularly appears with modern symphony orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Berliner Barock Solisten, the Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, also in the role as conductor. He has performed with celebrated artists such as Thomas Quasthoff, Dorothea Röschmann, Howard Griffiths, Cecilia Bartoli, Hilary Hahn, Laurence Cummings, Igor Oistrakh, Marcus Creed, Jörg Faerber, Fabio Biondi, Sandrine Piau, Andrew Manze, Sol Gabetta, 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.

In recent years,[when?] Steger started successfully to conduct Baroque and symphony orchestras: The English Concert, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Les Violons du Roy and many others became partners for Baroque and Classical repertoire.

His projects about Tino Flautino, musical fairy-tales for children, have enjoyed great success and are also available on CD (Philips a.o.), in books and on play-along products.

In addition, Maurice Steger has recorded several albums, many of which have been crowned with international awards, including Vivaldi's concertos for recorder, the Telemann flute quartets for Deutsche Grammophon (with Reinhard Goebel and the Musica Antiqua Köln). Steger records for harmonia mundi. He won the most important classical awards for his projects, the solo concerts of Telemann with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the album Giuseppe Sammartini (2007) with his own consort. The latest recordings are an album of early Baroque music, Venezia 1625,[1] a dazzling CD with Corelli Concertos Mr. Corelli in London and "Una Follia di Napoli" with Concertos by Southern Italian Composers (2013).

Maurice Steger teaches master classes in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Recordings[edit]

Baroque Twitter: Arias and Concerti. With Nuria Rial, Kammerorchester Basel, Sony Music Entertainment 2018

Souvenirs d'Italie: Music collected by Count Aloys Thomas Raimund von Harrach, with Fiorenza de Donatis, Nadja Zwiener, David Bergmüller, Philippe Grisvard a.o., Harmonia Mundi, 2016

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per flauti I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis, Harmonia Mundi France Production, 2014

Una Follia di Napoli: Recorder Concerti by Domenico Sarro, Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, N. Fiorenza, F. Barbella and L. Leo. With his orchestra, u. a. mit Fiorenza di Donatis and Andrea Rognoni, violins; Mauro Valli, cello; Daniele Caminiti, theorbo; Margit Übellacker, dulcimer; Naoki Kitaya, harpsichord; Vanni Moretto, violone; Brigitte Gasser, lirone u. a. Harmonia Mundi France Production, 2012

Mr Corelli in London: Recorder Concerti after Corelli's Sonatas op. 5 in the orchestral version by Francesco Geminiani and ornamented soloparts by Eminent English Masters. Mit The English Concert and Laurence Cummings. Harmonia Mundi USA Production, 2010

Venezia 1625: Sonate, Symphonie, Ciaccone, Canzone e Toccate by Fontana, Uccellini, Storace, Merula e Castello. With Hille Perl, Lee Santana, Naoki Kitaya, Sergio Ciomei, Thomas Boysen, Mauro Valli, Margret Köll, Thor-Harald Johnsen, Sabrina Frey, Eva Borhi, Christian Beuse, Stefan Temmingh, Peter Barczi. Harmonia Mundi 2009

Giuseppe Sammartini: Sonate per flauto e basso. With Ciomei, Köll, Valli, Beuse, Egüez, Kitaya. Harmonia Mundi, 2007

Georg Philipp Telemann: Blockflöten-Werke. With Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Harmonia Mundi, 2006

Georg Philipp Telemann: Flötenquartette. With Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel. Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion 2005

Tino Flautino und die Zaubermelodie. Ein Musikmärchen für Kinder ab 5 Jahren. (Musik von Rodolphe Schacher, UA Mai 2009) (Schweizerischer Lehrmittelverlag)

Tino Flautino und sein Blockflötenspiel. Ein Musikmärchen für Kinder ab 4 Jahren. (Philips/Universal Music Group CD 476 111-0, MC 476 116-1)

Maurice Steger – Portrait. Claves Records CD 50-2208

Georg Philipp Telemann: Solos & Trios. Claves Records, CD 50-2112

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per flauto. Claves Records, CD 50-2010

La Castella. Claves Records, CD 50-9809

An English Collection. Claves Records, CD 50-9614

An Italian Ground. Claves Records, CD 50-9407

Dancing Hands. Reza Ganjavi Music. Maurice Steger delivers a stellar performance of recorder on two pieces, on this Renaissance & Baroque CD, together with Reza Ganjavi (guitar).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norris, Geoffrey (1 April 2009). "Maurice Steger's Venezia 1625: classical CD of the week". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 December 2010.

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