The brightest light came from Maurice Steger, a recorder player in a million, in Telemann, Sammartini and a wizard Vivaldi encore. Neat and spry, with the sartorial air of an early Beatle (well, he is Swiss), he carried the audience away with his gracious delivery and liquid, mercurial tone.
Geoff Brown in The Times about Maurice Steger’s Concert in Wigmore Hall London.
With concerts held all over the world and numerous CD recordings, namely the Albums “Venezia 1625“, “Konzerte” and “Flute Quartets” by Telemann with Musica Antiqua Köln, “Vivaldi Concerti” or “Una Follia di Napoli“, many of which have been awarded the highest accolades, Maurice Steger has established himself as one of the most popular soloists in the field of early music. With his vibrant manner and his personal, spontaneous and technically brilliant style, Maurice Steger has enhanced the standing of the recorder as an instrument and positioned it in a completely new way.
Maurice Steger dedicated his album “Mr Corelli in London” to the composer Arcangelo Corelli and this recording features Corelli’s Opus 5 collection, reworked by the composer’s English adherents. Steger followed this up with “Souvenirs d’Italie”, an interesting presentation of works collected by the Austrian Count Aloys von Harrach during his travels in Italy. The artist’s most recent release is a CD featuring an imaginary music-filled operatic interlude in London as conducted by Handel himself: “Mr Handel’s Dinner” (all published by harmonia mundi).
With a repertoire focusing on Baroque music, Steger is a soloist much in demand among the major period orchestras and ensembles: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the English Concert, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Venice Baroque Orchestra and I Barocchisti. Yet his numerous performances also see him regularly appearing with modern orchestras such as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Baroque Soloists, Les Violons du Roy, the NDR and Frankfurt Radio Symphony orchestras and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Maurice Steger has also often performed together with famous artists such as Hilary Hahn, Cecilia Bartoli, Igor Oistrakh, Fabio Biondi, Howard Griffiths, Nuria Rial, Isabelle Faust, Sandrine Piau, Andrew Manze, Diego Fasolis, Sol Gabetta and Laurence Cummings.
Maurice Steger is a resident artist at festivals, orchestras and concert venues including the Musikverein Wien, Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, Les Violons du Roy (Montreal and Québec), RSI Lugano, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, the Braunschweig State Orchestra, the Hsinchu Recorder Festival in Taiwan, the broadcaster NDR and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in many different formats, International Recorder Festival Stockstadt, Klosters Music, the Bilkent University Ankara and the Vienna Konzerthaus.