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Steven Devine (Harpsichord)

Born: England

The English conductor and keyboard player, Steven Devine, received his early musical training at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester and read music at Oxford University.

Steven Devine is now in demand across the world and is at home in the fields of opera, large-scale concerts, chamber music and solo performances. Since 2007 he has been the harpsichordist with London Baroque in addition to his position as Co-Principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also the principal keyboard player for The Gonzaga Band, Apollo and Pan, The Classical Opera Company, I Fagiolini and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. In recent years, he has been performing J.S. Bachís Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) extensively in the UK.

Steven Devine made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there - including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He will be returning there for the 2011 season with the same group. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. In opera, Steven has worked at the Comische Oper in Berlin and alongside Paul McCreesh throughout France. With Opera Restoríd, he has conducted at Wigmore Hall in London, at the Warwick, Lake District, Stour Norwich and English Haydn Festivals. Steven is a Music Director for New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has conducted performances of Purcellís Dido and Aeneas, Mozartís La Finta Semplice, Stradellaís Il Trespolo Tutore, Rossini's Il Comte Ory, George Frideric Handel's Xerxes, Arne's Artaxerxes, Galuppi's Il Mondo Reverso. He has just directed the first performance of the newly-acquired score of Cavalli's Erismena this Summer. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted G.F. Handelís Orlando and will return next year with Purcellís Dido and Aeneas.

Passionate about the role of music in education, Steven Devine is a regular member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment education team, Professor of Fortepiano at Trinity College of Music since 2003 and a visiting teacher, adjudicator and examiner for many other institutions. Since his schooldays, he 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, and holds there the post of Director of Education.

Steven Devine has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made three solo recordings. His next major recording, J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) for Chandos Records, will be released in 2011.


Source: Steven Devine Website (September 2010; Magnatune Website; Photos 01-04: John Buckman at Magnatune
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Aryeh Oron (May 2011)

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