Virtuoso Maurice Steger returns to dazzle us in a program inspired by La Serenissima, featuring the most famous of Venetian composers. A fascinating work by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa comparing his own music to calligraphy will also be presented, with each note “painted on a canvas of silence.”
Conductors and soloists
The “Paganini [of the recorder],” “magician of the recorder,” and “the world’s leading recorder player”—these are just a few of the descriptions of Maurice Steger to appear in the press. To live up to such high praise, one requires not only astonishing technique, but also charisma, intellect, and a special sensitivity for music.
As a soloist, conductor, or both at once, he regularly performs with the foremost period instrument ensembles, including the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, La Cetra, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the English Concert, Les Violons du Roy, 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), and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.
Chamber music is at the forefront of Maurice Steger’s rich and varied artistic endeavours. Working with fellow musicians and friends such as Hille Perl, Avi Avital, Daniele Caminiti, Lee Santana, Naoki Kitaya, Mauro Valli, Sebastian Wienand, Fiorenza de Donatis, Diego Fasolis, Sol Gabetta, and the young French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, he explores a continuously updated repertoire of Early music.
As a concert artist, teacher, and juror in Europe and throughout the world, Maurice Steger loves meeting people from different cultures and being exposed to other interpretive approaches and ways of working. Tours of Asia and Australia have led to performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, and 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 Steger is deeply committed to musical education. He has been the director of the Gstaad Baroque Academy at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad since 2013, gives numerous masterclasses, and invented a character, “Tino Flautino,” to help young children engage with classical music in a playful way.
Concerto a cinque in G Major, Op. 10 No. 4
• Concerto for Two Violins and Cello in D Minor, Op. 3 No. 11, RV 565 from L’Estro armonico
• Concerto for Violin, RV 375 (transcription for flute)
• Concerto for Alto Flute in G Minor, Op. 10 No. 2, RV 439 “La Notte”
• Concerto for Flute in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3, RV 428 “Il gardellino”
Concerto grosso in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 11
Two movements from Singing Garden in Venice for Baroque Orchestra
Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 1 No. 4