Indeed, extreme ensemble virtuosity, and the crackest of crack continuo units, are absolute non-negotiables when Steger’s around and La Cetra deliver on these throughout in joyous spadefuls.
I’m really not sure what Steger can do to top this album. Although, knowing him, I suspect he might.
Gramophone for conducting G. F. Handel, 2019
His performances with Baroque, classical and Early Romantic repertoires – and, occasionally, modern repertoires – see him travelling throughout Europe and overseas. He has repeatedly conducted modern chamber and symphony orchestras such as the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Canadian Les Violons du Roy and the Brandenburg State Orchestra. He has also been involved in projects with various ensembles such as the Braunschweig State Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Yet Maurice Steger also regularly collaborates as a conductor with original-instrument ensembles such as il Pomo d’oro, The English Concert, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Venice Baroque Orchestra and La Cetra.
In his role as “Baroque Music Director” at the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, he developed and conducted concert programmes in Baroque and classical music, maintained contacts with other conductors of early music, accompanied soloists, presented unknown repertoire pieces from the 17th and 18th century and continued his close collaboration with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in the seasons that followed. In 2021, this tried-and-tested dream team will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its collaborative stage performances with tours and special concerts. With the Braunschweig State Orchestra, Maurice Steger implemented a Mozart cycle across many seasons with great success. With the hr and NDR radio orchestras, the conductor repeatedly presents special pieces of Baroque music.
As a specialist in Baroque music, Maurice Steger has gradually received more and more requests to conduct orchestral projects himself. He therefore completed studies in conducting under Marcus Creed in Stuttgart and has been inspired by Reinhard Goebel. For more than 10 years now, Maurice Steger has been holding concerts in the role of conductor or the dual rule of soloist and conductor, and his work with orchestras has come to be one of his key endeavours.
In his role as conductor, Maurice Steger is a resident artist at concert venues and a guest conductor for orchestras including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Les Violons du Roy, the Braunschweig State Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach, Klosters Music, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Ankara, NDR, the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, the Italian Baroque orchestra il Pomo d’oro and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.