UK-based contemporary violist Stephen Upshaw returns to NEC this spring for an intimate round-table discussion about the process of establishing a performance career abroad. Upshaw will also speak about trends in interdisciplinary performance work, through the lens of his experience with Sounding Motion, a new collaborative company made up of musicians, dancers, composers and choreographers.
About Stephen Upshaw
Always in search of new musical horizons, violist Stephen Upshaw is emerging as a creative force on the international music scene. Since making his concerto debut at 17, he has won several competitions and played in festivals around the world including IMS Prussia Cove, City of London Festival, Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Viana Chamber Music Festival (Portugal) and Salzburg Chamber Music Festival (Austria) alongside artists such as Gary Hoffman, Philippe Graffin and Jennifer Stumm. In recent seasons, recital and chamber music engagements have brought him to Boston’s Jordan Hall, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Vienna’s Schoenberg Center.
A noted interpreter of contemporary music, Stephen has given numerous national and international premieres and performed with groups such as the Harvard Group for New Music, Le Balcon (Paris), Aurora Orchestra (London) and the Bodø Sinfonietta (Norway), working closely with composers such as John Adams, Julian Anderson, George Benjamin and Christian Wolff.
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