Steven Sloane, conductor
American conductor Steven Sloane is a versatile and dedicated musician. A visionary, Sloane’s extraordinarily creative concepts have garnered him respect in artistic circles, as well as in the realm of cultural politics. A student of Eugene Ormandy, Franco Ferrara and Gary Bertini, he has served as Music Director of the Spoleto Festival USA and of Opera North in Leeds. He also served as music director of the American Composers Orchestra and principal conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (2007-2013). Steven Sloane is a frequent guest with prestigious orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
As the long-term General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony, which has been transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras under his direction, Steven Sloane pushed forward the financing and the building of the orchestra’s own music centre, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr. Following its celebrated first season in the new hall, the conductor and his orchestra are looking forward to a promising second season with a focus on Beethoven, including a performance of the Missa Solemnis as part of the Ruhrtriennale. Under his direction, the orchestra will perform Britten’s War Requiem in Bruges and Rotterdam in autumn 2017 as well as at the South Korean Tongyeong Festival the following spring. Steven Sloane will return as a guest conductor to Spoleto Festival in the USA as well as to Frankfurt Opera with Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur. He will make his debut at Malmö Opera with an orchestral concert before returning next season to lead a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer.
A sought-after opera conductor, Steven Sloane’s engagements have taken him to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Le Nozze di Figaro), Los Angeles Opera (Goldenthal: Grendel), San Francisco Opera (Wallace: Bonesetter’s Daughter), Royal Danish Opera (Madama Butterfly), Houston Grand Opera (The Makropulos Case, The Magic Flute), Welsh National Opera (Iphigenie en in Tauride), Deutsche Oper Berlin (The Love for Three Oranges: Prokofiev) Stuttgart Opera (Macbeth), as well as to festivals in Hong Kong (Salome), Santa Fe (Katja Kabanova), Edinburgh (Genoveva) and Salzburg (Feldman: Neither).
Recent opera highlights include the pairing of Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Dido and Aeneas at the Frankfurt and L.A. Opera, a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and, in the 2016/17 season, the outstanding Berlin premiere of Aribert Reimann’s Medea at the Komische Oper.
Education and promoting young musicians have always been of great importance to Steven Sloane. He has regularly conducted youth orchestras such as Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bundesjugendorchester and Young Israel Philharmonic, and since 2013 has served as professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, where he has founded the International Conducting Academy Berlin.
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