New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he won the Gold Medal in his final year. After winning the NFMS Young Concert Artist Award he made his debuts in the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John’s Smith Square in London, and broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and BBC2 television. His concerto performances have included appearances with the Philharmonia,
Bournemouth Symphony, New London, BBC Scottish Symphony and all the major New Zealand Orchestras. His solo performances in recent seasons have taken him to Cologne, Paris and New York, as well as throughout New Zealand and Australia. He has toured as a guest with the principal wind players of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra giving chamber music performances, and collaborated with many of today’s most innovative and interesting musicians.
Stephen’s extensive discography includes works by Bliss, Barber, Messiaen, Shostakovich, Brahms, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. He has worked with a great number of composers, making world premiere recordings for Arvo Pärt, Henryk Gorecki and Ned Rorem. Stephen currently holds a teaching position at the University of Auckland.
You can see Stephen De Pledge in action at The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: on Thursday 24 September.