Steven Mead needs no introduction to brass enthusiasts around the world as his playing and teaching have become known to virtually all who have a love for the euphonium.
As a soloist his career as a professional solo performer continues to break new ground. With over 75 solo performances a year his relentless schedule sees him touring almost constantly. This remarkable solo career followed on from the successes he achieved as a member of several of the UK’s leading brass bands, especially the Desford Colliery Band in the 1980’s, as well as Sun Life, GUS, and CWS Glasgow.
Nowadays he travels constantly and performs regularly with some of the finest brass, wind and symphonic ensembles in the world.
He has been described as one of the world’s most recorded solo brass artists with over 75 CDs to his credit. In addition, his strong contribution to education literature for the euphonium is unmatched, such as specialist publications by publishers such as DeHaske and Studio Music.
He is the owner of a music label, Bocchino Music which produces and distributes his albums.
As an innovator for the whole ‘low brass’ world in general, he has been the Artistic Director of all six of the National Tuba Euphonium Conferences held in the UK. He was also the Artistic Director of the highly successful International Tuba Euphonium Conference (ITEC), held in Linz, Austria in June 2012. He has also given concert tours with several leading professional chamber ensembles in Europe, including Sound-Inn-Brass (Austria), Spanish Brass Quintet, Classic Quintet (Bolzano,Italy) Trombonisti Italiani (Italy) and London Brass. His innovation is also evident with his premiere performances of new concerti and major works by Martin Ellerby, Philip Sparke, Torstein Aagaard Nilsen, Tadeusz Kassatti, John Reeman, Derek Bourgeois, Vladimir Cosma, Rolf Rudin, Thomas Dos, Howard Snell, Hermann Pallhuber, Stephen Roberts, to name but a few. To date he has given over 500 world premiere performances.
He is the Professor of Euphonium the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester UK and teaches at several specialist schools across Europe, and in Japan. He was recently given the award of Fellow of the RNCM. He regular teaches at summer courses and festivals, such as the Alpen Classica Festival, Italian Brass Week, and Trakai Fanfare Week. Steven is also, since 2013, the Artistic Director of the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival, in South Korea, which attracts over 10,000 musicians and visitors to Jeju Island every summer.
As a designer and instrument consultant Steven has worked with Besson for over thirty years and feels honoured to have an important role with this prestigious brand, now under the control of Buffet Crampon. His successful collaboration with the Denis Wick company has resulted in three highly successful lines of euphonium and baritone mouthpieces and the SM Travel Mute.
His webstore www.euphoniumstore.net is very popular with brass enthusiasts.