Stephen Goss


Guitar - Guitar Ensembles

Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, now a professor and coach in our guitar department

Has recorded over sixty albums, featured as a soloist and chamber musician

As a composer, has written and recorded guitar concertos and chamber music

Director of the International Guitar Research Centre

The music of composer and guitarist Stephen Goss receives hundreds of performances worldwide each year and has been recorded on over sixty CDs by more than a dozen record labels, including EMI, Decca, Telarc, Virgin Classics, Naxos, and Deutsche Grammophon. His varied output includes orchestral and choral works, chamber music, and solo pieces. Steve writes music that draws freely on a number of styles and genres. Sometimes allusions to the music that inspires him are disguised - perhaps only a rhythm or harmony is retained - sometimes they dazzle the ear with unexpected juxtapositions.

Recent work includes several projects with the guitarist John Williams, who has recorded and toured Steve’s Guitar Concerto (2012) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Williams has said of the piece: ‘I don’t know of any guitar concerto which is as consistently successful on all fronts’. Steve has also just collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber, arranging his music for guitar. In his role as composer-in-residence for the Orpheus Sinfonia, he wrote the Piano Concerto (2013), released by Signum Classics, and the Concerto for Five (2013) for the unique combination of violin, saxophone, cello, bass, piano and orchestra. He has also had his music performed by The Russian National Orchestra (under Mikhail Pletnev), The China National Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Steve’s Albéniz Concerto (2009) for guitar and orchestra was released to great critical acclaim on EMI Classics in November 2010.

Other commissions have come from: regular guitarist collaborators, David Russell, Xuefei Yang, Jonathan Leathwood and Miloš Karadaglic, the cellist Natalie Clein, flutist William Bennett, pianist Emmanuel Despax, and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Steve’s collaborative project with Charles Jencks, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (2005), for violin, cello, bass clarinet and piano, was profiled on The South Bank Show on ITV1. He has received funding from Sir Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, the Wellcome Trust, SW Mitchell Capital, and Arts Council England. Steve’s music is published by: Doberman-Yppan, Quebec, Canada; ABRSM Publishing, London; and Editions Orphée, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

As a guitarist, Steve has worked with many leading composers such as Toru Takemitsu, Hans Werner Henze, Peter Maxwell Davies and Elliott Carter, and toured and recorded extensively with the Tetra guitar quartet.

Stephen studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Julian Bream Prize, and the Universities of Bristol and London, where he completed his doctorate. His composition teachers were Edward Gregson, Robert Saxton, Peter Dickinson and Anthony Payne, and he studied guitar with Michael Lewin.

He is the Director of the International Guitar Research Centre. At the Academy, Steve coaches the guitar ensembles and lectures on guitar history and repertoire.


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