Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
In September 2020, Steven Sloane took up his new post as Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, introducing several new concert series and formats, since his start.
Bochum Symphony Orchestra
Steven Sloane has been the General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony since 1994, which he transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras. After 27 years, he will be ending his position as GMD and Intendant of the Anneliese Brost Musikforum at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Steven Sloane was instrumental in the building and realization of the Bochum Symphoniker’s own music centre, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr. In 2016, he inaugurated the hall to international acclaim and gave the Bochumer Symphoniker a home.
International Conducting Academy Berlin
Steven Sloane has always been interested in the training of future generations of conductors. In 2013, he was appointed Professor of Conducting at Berlin’s University of the Arts, where he established the International Conducting Academy Berlin (ICAB).
Opera & Music Theater
Today, Steven Sloane is an internationally sought-after opera conductor of wide-ranging repertoire, from popular staples by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Wagner to rarely performed works by Shostakovich (Cheryomushki), and Schumann (Genoveva) to important world premieres.
Projects & Tours
Steven Sloane has not only taken orchestras he has worked with on international tours, but also curated and directed many projects outside of his normal work, ranging from festivals, master classes, workshops, symposia and educational activities.
Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra I Bochum Symphony Orchestra
"Under the direction of Steven Sloane, the Latvian State Choir sang and Bochum Symphony Orchestra played with solemn serenity appropriate to the occasion, with a nearly ominous air, as though each individual groaned under the weight of such musical responsibility. Musically, it was less meditative than tremulous, piercing, reproachful."
"The orchestra's performance of the opera under its first new guest conductor Steven Sloane shows a renewed freshness. Élan and verve are evident in both the orchestral and choral parts."
"The opera and museum orchestra inevitably played an authoritative role once again in the inspiring experience of the (second) revival of this opera. Steven Sloane stood at the podium, with a good view on his former job as first conductor (nearly thirty years ago). With great oversight and passion, he led his orchestra through the demands of the dense task, making for delicate strings and dense, powerful brass."
"Mahler's eighty-minute final symphony is a work of haunting beauty. In Sloane´s sensitive and expressive interpretation as conductor, the marvel of timbres, polyphony, and symphonic structures was developed to perfection. And the canon of moods – drama and conflict, grief and tenderness – was kept in remarkable balance. […]Stunning! Given this bold performance, one nearly forgot that the exquisite graciousness with which the evening began."
"The house orchestra, under guest conductor Steven Sloane, executes the score’s broad palette of textures with impressive attention to nuance and balance, from gongs that crash in the outer aisles, to detuned, mocking flutes, to squealing brass. It may not always be a pleasant journey, but Reimann’s Medea offers the listener no escape."
What makes this production that is full of magic, dream worlds and sensuality such a success is also the musical undertow that flows in the orchestra pit. The American conductor Steven Sloane moves through Britten’s music like a fish in the waters of a fresh, bubbly and crystal clear source. Immaculate entries from each musician, a rounded and delicate sound, orchestral flow, airy and brisk rhythms: the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande unfurled the music with elegance, precision and character.
Conductor Steven Sloane deftly manages the large orchestra, calling up a searing blast of brassy golden horns as the couple enters the fateful fifth room.
“The conductor, Steven Sloane, drew pulsing, feisty and textured playing from the orchestra.”
“[Die Soldaten] has returned to life as the capstone of this year's Lincoln Center Festival. On Monday night, some 1,000 listeners packed the vast drill hall of the Park Avenue Armory and encountered a musical and theatrical alloy of extreme potency. … … The superb-sounding Bochum Symphony Orchestra [was] masterfully directed by Steven Sloane.”
“Thanks go to the adventurous conductor Steven Sloane, the music director of the American Composers Orchestra, for giving a large audience at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon a chance to hear the work in a concert performance. Mr. Sloane's vibrant, deftly paced account made much of the music's captivating qualities.”
Musically the distinction stems from the pit, where Steven Sloane conducts a performance rich in finely realised detail.
“A performance as exceptional as Opera North’s last Friday at the Grand Theatre gives something more than just pleasure. … I can remember few [Falstaffs] as brilliantly conducted as this one and there was an honesty, a lack of fuss about the whole show that sent me out into a wet and windy Leeds night thinking that maybe life was worth living after all. So much warmth, so much wisdom, so much sheer humanity…”
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© Photos: Christoph Fein (Slider 1&2), JSO Archives (Slider 3) & Marcus Witte (2)