Artist Spotlight: Paul Stevens

A featured artist for the 2017 Chamber Music Festival, the MV Chamber Music Society is pleased to welcome guest artist Paul Stevens.

 

Paul Stevens

The Los Angeles Times calls Paul Stevens playing “…finely detailed, elegant…sailing over technical hurdles with an assurance marked by unfailing intonation and pristine ornamentation in all ranges…” He is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Kansas where he plays with the Kansas Brass Quintet and the Kansas Woodwinds, is a frequent extra with the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera and Ballet and is Principal horn of the Mozart Classical Orchestra of Los Angeles.

 

As an orchestral player he has performed with leading orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Joffrey Ballet, the San Francisco Symphony, the American Ballet Theatre, the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony and the San Diego Opera. He has performed on Principal Horn under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Edo DeWaart, Kent Nagano and Stanislav Skrowazewski.

 

During more than a decade in Hollywood he played on many motion picture soundtracks and television films, including over fifty episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, many episodes of Jag, and movies such as Ransom, What Dreams May Come, Dead Again, The Land Before Time, Star Trek: Generations, the Flintstones and several Disney projects; including Fantasmic! and Mickey’s Nutcracker. He worked with such composers as James Horner, John Williams, Bruce Broughton, Henry Mancini, Danny Elfman and Dennis McCarthy. Audio projects ranged from Placido Domingo to Michael Bolton to the rap group “Outkast.”

 

As a chamber musician he is a member of the Kansas Brass Quintet and the Kansas Woodwinds, is a Permanent Member of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society and is a Featured Artist at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. Other appearances have included the Oregon Bach Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival of San Diego, La Jolla Summer Fest., Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Mozart in Monterey and the Fairbanks (Alaska) Summer Arts Festival.

 

He was educated at Juilliard under Myron Bloom (22 years Principal Horn with the Cleveland Orchestra under Szell), the San Francisco Conservatory under Arthur Krehbiel (40 years Principal in San Francisco, Detroit and Chicago under Reiner), and UCLA under Richard Todd and Brian O’Connor (1st call Hollywood Studio Players for over twenty years).

 

Have a listen:  “Concerto for Horn” by Joseph Eidson, as performed by Dr. Stevens, in a recording of its January, 2011 premiere performance, accompanied by Ellen Bottorff.  Learn more about the composer here.