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He has a strong interest in historical performance, working with a number of period-instrument orchestras and giving recitals with harpsichord and fortepiano. A keen exponent of contemporary music, he has given premieres of Sir John Tavener’s The protecting veil, Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés, three solo cello pieces 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), Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, 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 enjoys playing for children, and has created three musical stories with the composer Anne Dudley. His two books for children, published by Faber & Faber, have been translated into many languages. His latest books are a commentary on Schumann’s Advice for Young Musicians, and a companion to the Bach suites, published to great acclaim in 2021. He has devised and written two evenings of words and music—one describing the last years of Robert Schumann, the other devoted to Marcel Proust and his salons. Steven has presented numerous radio programmes, including documentaries about two of his heroes: Robert Schumann and Harpo Marx.
Steven’s honours and awards include a CBE for services to music, the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau, the Piatigorsky Prize and Maestro Foundation Genius Grant in the US, 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.