Stephen Stirling is a horn soloist and chamber musician of worldwide renown. His discography includes nearly 80 chamber works and concertos, many of them world premiere recordings, of both contemporary and neglected works by British composers alongside the great masterpieces for horn. His second recording of the Brahms Horn Trio, with the Florestan Trio (Hyperion), was nominated for a Gramophone award and was described as ‘the equal of any recording, recent or Golden Age’ by Fanfare Magazine. His set of Mozart Horn Concertos (BMG/Classic FM) with the City of London Sinfonia has been broadcast hundreds of times by Classic FM. His most recent solo recording is of the Concertino for Horn by Weber (Chandos), conducted by Michael Collins. He has played at chamber music festivals all over the world to fine reviews, ‘phenomenal’ (Berlin) and ‘incomparable’ (Graz). His CD ‘Horn’, with the Fibonacci Sequence, is available on Deux Elles.
He is the principal horn of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the City of London Sinfonia, and appears regularly as guest principle with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played as soloist with the ASMF and CLS, the Orchestra of St Johns, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe and many others.
Throughout his career Stephen has been associated with innovative ensembles. The New London Chamber Ensemble was one of the first groups, now much imitated, to pioneer choreographed performances in wind chamber music. In collaboration with Endymion, Capricorn, the NLCE, the Fibonacci Sequence, Arpege, the Composers Ensemble and the Hebrides Ensemble, he has been involved with commissioning, premiering and recording countless new works, chamber and solo, working with some of the finest composers of our time, James Macmillan, Martin Butler, Harrison Birtwhistle, Thomas Adés, Sally Beamish, Bret Dean, Jörg Widmann, and Gary Carpenter to name a few. He was an early member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe which revolutionized performance practice of the classical repertoire on modern instruments through their work with Niklaus Harnoncourt and recently Stephen has enjoyed working for Aurora Orchestra in memorized live orchestral performances of Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms symphonies.
Stephen is Professor of Horn at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, coach to the horns of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra (UK) and a faculty member of the Yellow Barn International Summer Music School and Festival in Vermont, USA.