Steven Mead

Steven Mead (born 1962 in Bournemouth, England) is a virtuoso euphonium soloist and teacher who has played an important role in achieving world-wide recognition of the instrument. [Roy Newsome, "The Modern Brass Band: From the 1930s to the New Millennium", Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006, p. [http://books.google.com/books?id=O6-iHNQwga8C&pg=PA338&dq=%22Steven+Mead%22+euphonium&sig=ACfU3U0H0yiDfU1-jDURPV30MjJ6CAJelQ#PPA252,M1 252] . ISBN 0754607178.] [Peter Spaull, [http://iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk/0300whatson/1000classicalmusic/2003/03/28/blowing-in-the-wind-my-friends-50020-12785153/ "Blowing in the wind my friends"] , "Liverpool Daily Post", March 28, 2003. Accessed 10 September 2008.] [Martin Stote, [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-60545729.html "Euphonium euphoria as BBC makes ban U-turn"] , "Birmingham Post", March 25, 1999. Accessed via subscription 10 September 2008.]

He has premiered works by Martin Ellerby, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, Vladimir Cosma, Goff Richards, John Reeman, and Philip Sparke, amongst others. Goff Richards' "Pilatus", Aagaard-Nilsen's "Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra", Reeman's "Sonata for Euphonium" and Ellerby's "Euphonium Concerto" were all written expressly for Mead. [ [http://www.torsteinaagaardnilsen.no/music/concerto_for_euphonium_and_orchestra.html Notes on "Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra"] on the official web site of Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen.] [Lloyd Bone, Eric Paull, R. Winston Morris, "Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire: The Euphonium Source Book", Indiana University Press, 2007, pp. [http://books.google.com/books?id=y7UWPZNqmXYC&pg=PA60&vq=%22written+for+Steven+Mead%22&dq=%22Mead,+Steven%22+euphonium&source=gbs_search_s&sig=ACfU3U0dZJ1g0PMqopn-TuThJ04P1gmf2g#PPA60,M1 60] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=y7UWPZNqmXYC&pg=PA60&vq=%22written+for+Steven+Mead%22&dq=%22Mead,+Steven%22+euphonium&source=gbs_search_s&sig=ACfU3U0dZJ1g0PMqopn-TuThJ04P1gmf2g#PPA132,M1 132] . ISBN 0253348110] [Roy Newsome, "The Modern Brass Band: From the 1930s to the New Millennium", Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006, p. [http://books.google.com/books?id=O6-iHNQwga8C&pg=PA338&dq=%22Steven+Mead%22+euphonium&sig=ACfU3U0H0yiDfU1-jDURPV30MjJ6CAJelQ#PPA367,M1 367] .]

Steven Mead has developed a series of mouthpieces for brass instruments, as well as the Besson Prestige Euphonium and is on the faculty of the Royal Northern College of Music, School of Wind, Brass and Percussion . [ [http://www.rncm.ac.uk/content/view/117/143/ RNCM faculty page] . Accessed 10 September 2008.]

elected recordings

*"Joseph Horovitz: Four Concertos" :Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia; Soloists: Andrew Haveron (violin), Steven Mead (euphonium), David Owen Norris (piano); Conductor Joseph Horovitz; Label: Dutton Epoch.
*"Concertino" :Ensemble: The Lillestrøm Musikkorps; Soloist: Steven Mead (euphonium); Conductor Gert Buitenhuis; Label: Polyphonic.
*"Euphonium Virtuoso" :Ensemble: Brass Band Buizingen; Soloist: Steven Mead (euphonium); Conductor: Luc Vertommen; Label: Bocchino.
*"Dreamscapes: Wind Music by Ellerby, Clarke & Josephs" :Ensemble: Royal Northen College of Music Wind Orchestra; Soloist: Steven Mead (euphonium); Conductor: James Gourlay; Label: Polyphonic.

Notes and references

*Rachel Dunlap, [http://media.www.spectatornews.com/media/storage/paper218/news/2001/01/25/Spotlight/Mead-To.Perform.WorldClass.Talents.On.Obscure.Brass.Instrument-21687.shtml Mead to perform world-class talents on obscure brass instrument] , "Spectator Eau Claire", January 25, 2001. Accessed 10 September 2008.
*Ronald Holz, [http://www.nabbabridge.org/bridge/bridge_101_2006_10_low.pdf Review: "Euphonium Virtuoso" (Bocchino CD BOCC107)] , "The Brass Band Bridge", North American Brass Band Association, Issue 101, October 2006. pp. 21-22. Accessed 10 September 2008.
* [http://www.besson.com/en/artists.php?mode=artistPresentation&aid=95&referer=P2FjdGlvbj1zZWFyY2gmY2lkPTkmYXJ0aXN0X25hbWU9bWVhZA= Stephen Mead biography] on the Besson company web site. Accessed 10 September 2008.

External links

* [http://www.euphonium.net Steven Mead's official website]
* [http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zPdAn-tMILU Video] of the final movement of Peter Graham's concerto, "In League with Extraordinary Gentlemen". Performed by Steven Mead and the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Winds in its world premiere at Osaka Symphony Hall on 6 June 2008. (The video is posted by Gramercy Music, the publishers of the concerto.)


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