(2000) VIVALDI: CONCERTOS
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Maurice Steger was born in 1971 and completed his studies at the Zurich Conservatory and the Zurich Musikhochschule, studying with, among others, Pedro Memelsdorff (I) and Kees Boeke (NL). After additional studies in Europe he received his soloist’s diploma “with highest honors” in 1995; numerous prizes at competitions and cultural awards followed.
Now internationally active as a soloist, Maurice Steger has worked with eminent conductors and ensembles. He has performed to great success throughout Europe, is a regular guest at international festivals and appears in programs for European radio and television.
Maurice Steger performs as a soloist with various Baroque ensembles. In addition to I Barocchisti and Diego Fasolis, he performs with the Baroque orchestra Europa Galante under the direction of Fabio Biondi, the Ensemble 415 and Chiara Banchini, violinist Andrew Manze, the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Maurice Steger is also a frequent soloist in orchestra concerts (including with the Zürcher Kammerorchester under the direction of Howard Griffiths, the Capella Istropolitana, and the London Mozart Players).
His recitals are characterized by innovative programs which touch upon the whole recorder repertoire from ancient music to world premieres of contemporary compositions. He has earned particular recognition for his interpretations of Italian instrumental works from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Maurice Steger’s three previous recordings for Claves records (with the Continuo Consort and harpsichordist Naoki Kitaya) featuring Italian and English Baroque music have received a number of awards and highest praise from critics and audiences.