Steven Sloane Steven Sloane has received the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for his commitment to the cultural life of the Ruhr region
Minister President Hendrik Wüst presented the award to twelve individuals from North Rhine-Westphalia at a ceremony in Düsseldorf on 23 August 2022 – the 76th birthday of the state.
The award honours Steven Sloane’s commitment to the cultural life of the Ruhr region. From 1994 to 2021, he was General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, which became one of Germany’s leading orchestras under his leadership. One of his greatest achievements was the realisation of the orchestra’s own concert hall, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, which was successfully opened in 2016. As an honorary conductor, he remains closely associated with the orchestra and the city of Bochum. He also helped to shape the European Capital of Culture year RUHR.2010 as Artistic Director.
Wunderhorn CD Release with the Bochum Symphoniker
Originally recorded for a film, this masterful interpretation of Mahler’s Wunderhorn Lieder with baritone Dietrich Henschel and the Bochumer Symphoniker under Steven Sloane has now been released on CD by Avanticlassic. The recording served as the basis for Clara Pons’ film project Wunderhorn.
Concert as Honorary Conductor for Life
Music Director Steven Sloane will make up for his postponed inauguration as “Honorary Conductor for Life” with the Bochum Symphoniker on Sunday, 13 March, at a matinee at 11 am in the Musikforum with Berlioz and Haydn on the program.
Jerusalem International Conducting Academy
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Dates: 05-14 July, 2022
With Steven Sloane, Catherine Larsen-Maguire & Eitan Globerson and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Deadline for applications: April 30, 2022
KSO International Conducting Competition
Steven Sloane will be on the Jury of the KSO International Conducting Festival in November. It is the first international conducting competition in Korea. The KSO is held every three years and provides a platform for new talents to stand on various stages and perfect their artistic practice with leading professionals.
JSO Tour to Germany
As his first season as chief conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra comes to a close, Steven Sloane brings his orchestra to Germany to perform a concert with the ‘grand dame of the world piano’, pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja.
Farewell concert in Bochum
On June 26, Steven will bid farewell to the Bochum Symphony Orchestra after 27 years and celebrate his successful time in the Ruhr area with members of the public, colleagues and the orchestra players.
From Bochum to Jerusalem
Portrait of the conductor Steven Sloane
Steven Sloane has been the General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra for 27 years. When he took over in 1994, he was only in his mid-30s. “It was an incredible challenge, but also a great opportunity for a young conductor,” he says. He made the most of it and turned the symphony into one of the best orchestras in the region. It received several prizes for its versatile concert programme.
From the beginning, Steven Sloane felt closely connected to Bochum. One of his most important projects was the realisation of the Anneliese Brost Music Forum in the middle of the city centre, a matter of the heart for which he had fought for 17 years. Now he is moving to the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra as Music Director. As he bids farewell, Westart looks back on his successful time in the Ruhr area.