|“Composer Stephen Goss draws on a variety of sources for his eminently listenable music. Despite the eclectic nature of his influences, which range from Beethoven’s late piano music to the films of former Python Terry Gilliam, Goss’s musical language comes across as brilliantly integrated….” - International Record Review, April 2008.|
Stephen Goss’s music receives hundreds of performances worldwide each year and has been recorded on over 40 CDs by more than a dozen record labels, including EMI, Decca, and Telarc. His music has been performed in many prestigious venues including - Lincoln Centre in New York; the Wigmore Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre, and the South Bank Centre in London; and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, China and Mumbai, India. Xuefei Yang’s recording of Goss’s The Chinese Garden (2008) won ‘Best Instrumental CD’ in the Canton Radio Classical CD Awards in China.
Recent commissions have come from: GRAMMY® winner David Russell, cellist Natalie Clein, flautist William Bennett, The Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, London and The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Stephen’s collaborative project with Prof. Charles Jencks, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (2005), for violin, cello, bass clarinet and piano, was profiled on The South Bank Show on ITV1. His music was recently featured on the CD, The Best of the Classical BRITs and has been broadcast on BBC2, BBC4, Classic FM and BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 in the UK and various radio and TV stations in the US and overseas. He has received funding from Sir Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, the Wellcome Trust, and the Arts Council England. In October 2009, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra gave the first performance of his Albéniz Concerto (2009); the piece will be released on EMI Classics in 2010.
As a guitarist, Stephen Goss has worked with many of today’s leading composers, such as Toru Takemitsu, Hans Werner Henze and Elliott Carter. He has toured and recorded extensively with the Tetra guitar quartet, and performed alongside John Williams and Paco Peña. Stephen Goss studied at the Royal Academy of Music (where he won the Julian Bream Prize) and the Universities of Bristol and London. He joined the staff at the University of Surrey in 1999 after six years teaching at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He is an Arsenal season ticket holder.
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