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He has a strong interest in historical performance, working with many period-instrument orchestras and giving recitals with harpsichord and fortepiano. He is also a keen exponent of contemporary music and has given many premieres of new works, including several works by Sir John Tavener (The protecting veil among them), Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés, three works for solo cello by György Kurtág, and works by Heinz Holliger and Jörg Widmann.
Steven’s wide-ranging discography includes J S Bach’s complete solo cello suites (Gramophone’s Instrumental Album of the Year), music for cello and piano with Thomas Adès, an album of Sir John Tavener’s late works, concertos by C P E Bach and Haydn, the Elgar and Walton concertos, and the Brahms double concerto with Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Since 1997, Steven has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall. He also enjoys playing for children, and with the composer Anne Dudley he has created three musical stories. He has written four books, all published by Faber & Faber: two books for children (which have appeared in multiple languages), a re-visiting of Schumann’s Advice for Young Musicians and, most recently, a listener’s guide to the Bach suites.
The recipient of many awards, Steven’s honours include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau, the Piatigorsky Prize and the Maestro Foundation Genius Grant in America, the Glashütte Award in Germany, the Gold Medal awarded by the Armenian Ministry of Culture, and the Wigmore Medal.
Steven plays the ‘Marquis de Corberon’ Stradivarius of 1726, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.