Steven Mead is well known and respected by his high profile work in brass performance and pedagogy. He is Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has taught euphonium and baritone at this school since 1989.
Steven also teaches at several specialist schools across Europe, and in Japan. He was given the prestigious award of Fellow of the RNCM in 2008, and is a Guest professor at Xi’An Conservatory of Music in China, at Augsburg University in Germany, and was recently appointed Artist in Residence at the Milan Conservatory.
This remarkable solo career followed on from the successes he achieved as a member of several of the UK’s leading brass bands. Nowadays he travels and performs regularly with some of the finest brass, wind and symphonic ensembles in the world.
He has played solo concerti with symphony orchestras in many countries of the world including Norway, Finland, Poland , USA, Canada, Italy, Japan, Lithuania and Germany.
As a soloist he has played with most of the leading military bands in the world including Band of the Garde Republicaine (Paris, France) The Central Band of the RAF (London, UK) The Italian Police Band (Rome, Italy), The Dutch Marine Band (Rotterdam,Netherlands) The US Army Band (Washington DC, USA).
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.
To date he has given over 500 world premiere performances.
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 and Band Press.
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 is currently Artistic Director of the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival, Jeju, South Korea and Artistic Director of the Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School.
As a designer and instrument consultant Steven has worked with Besson for over thirty years and is proud to represent them as a performing artist. His collaboration with the Denis Wick company has resulted is several lines of personalised products and accessories.
His webstore http://www.euphoniumstore.net is very popular with brass enthusiasts.
He has also been an adjudicator at some of the leading brass band, wind band and solo contests, including the British Open Brass Band Championships, the Scottish Open, the NABBA Championships and the Australian Brass Band Championships (2019) and now spearheads a movement to introduce more criteria-based adjudication to brass band competitions worldwide.