Bridgewater Sinfonia, Berkhamsted

Steven Devine

Haydn – Concerto in D for harpsichord Hob XVIII:II
J S Bach – Concerto for two harpsichords BWV 1060 (with Adrian Davis harpsichord)
September 2008

Conductor and keyboard player Steven Devine received his early musical training at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and read music at Oxford University. He is now in demand across the world and is at home in the fields of opera, large-scale concerts, chamber music and solo performances.

He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. Future plans with them include another tour of Switzerland and also Germany. In opera, Steven has worked at the Comische Oper in Berlin and has alongside Paul Mcreesh throughout France. Recently appointed Associate Music Director of Opera Restor’d, he has conducted at Wigmore Hall in London, at the Warwick, Lake District, Stour Norwich and English Haydn Festivals. Steven works regularly with New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has conducted performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s La Finta Semplice, Stradella’s Il Trespolo Tutore and Rossini’s Il Comte Ory. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel’s Orlando.

Steven is the Co-Principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and will be appearing as a director with them later in 2006. He is also the principal keyboard player for I Fagiolini, Apollo and Pan, The Classical Opera Company and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made three solo recordings.

Since his schooldays, Steven has also been associated with the Finchcocks Collection of historic keyboard instruments in Kent and now holds the post of Assistant Curator. He has special responsibilities for the education side of the museum. Steven was appointed Professor of Fortepiano at Trinity College of Music in 2003.