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Stephen Harrison, Cello

Stephen Harrison, cellist, has been on the faculty at Stanford University since 1983 when he returned to his native Bay Area to become cellist of the newly formed Stanford String Quartet. His performing life has combined chamber, solo and contemporary music. During his fourteen years with the Stanford String Quartet he recorded and toured internationally with a number of works commissioned for the ensemble, including those by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom, Ben Johnston, and Donald Crockett. In 1998 he co-founded the Ives Quartet, performing, recording (on the Naxos, New World and AIX Entertainment labels) and teaching with that ensemble in the Bay Area and around the U.S. until 2015. He is now Artistic Director of the Ives Collective.

A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Boston University’s School for the Arts (where he won the award for Distinction in Graduate Performance), he has been solo cellist of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since 1985. With the Contemporary Players, he has given over 50 world premieres and made commercial recordings for the CRI, Albany, Music and Arts, New Albion, Newport Classics, New World and YBM labels.

Former principal cellist of the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco and the New England Chamber Orchestra, he is currently principal cellist of the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, cellist at the Telluride Chamber Music Festival and on the faculty at the SoCal Chamber Music Workshop. Mr. Harrison has served as artist / faculty at the Rocky Ridge Music Center, and at Italy’s Schlern and Orfeo International Music Festivals.