"Stephen Slater is the rare combination of excellent hornist and creative musician...." - Michael Thornton, Principal horn Colorado Symphony Orchestra & Associate Professor of Horn at University of Colorado at Boulder
"Mr. Slater... a French horn player who was so crisply groomed he might have stepped out of a J. Crew catalog." - The New York Times
stephen a. slater, horn
Stephen A. Slater is recognized worldwide, having performed in five continents in some of the most treasured concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Macau Cultural Centre, Frederic R. Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex in Caracas, & Teatro Bibiena in Italy, among others.
Mr. Slater was most recently Assistant/Utility horn of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. While in Israel he performed on tour as Guest Principal horn with the Israel Chamber Orchestra of Tel Aviv and Substitute horn of the iconic Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Before his work in the Middle East, Stephen was awarded Principal horn of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Daejeon, South Korea. In February 2007, he was invited to play and performed with the Macau Symphony Orchestra in the S.A.R. of Macau (Asia). From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Slater was Solo horn of the ensemble Tales & Scales, spinning music, story, theatre and dance into over 200 ‘musictelling’ performances.
Stephen lived in Denver, Colorado from 2001 to 2004 playing Second horn with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, founding the award-winning ensemble Tonic Brass, and soloing with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. A current Graduate Performance Diploma candidate at the Peabody Institute with Denise Tryon, Stephen also completed his master’s degree at the University of Colorado, studying with Michael Thornton, and undergraduate degree with David Jolley at the Manhattan School of Music. He kept solo engagements in New York City with Manhattan Virtuosi and the Montauk Music Festival, as well as frequently performing with the critically-acclaimed Atlanta Boys Choir. Stephen has also performed at length with the Atlanta, Colorado, Richmond, Charleston, Savannah, Hilton Head, Delaware, Evansville and Wyoming Symphony Orchestras.
During the summer months, Stephen Slater performed with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder (2007), was guest artist with the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet at the Madison Music Festival (2007), substitute horn of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO (2002 & 2003), was a fellow at the Cape May Music Festival in New Jersey (2000 & 2001), guest of the 2000 Venezuelan Music Festival in Caracas, and was a scholarship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival in 1998 & 1999. He was a guest artist at the 31st Annual International Horn Symposium and grand prizewinner of the Sixth Annual Sister Mary Faustina Memorial Concert Competition in Marylhurst, Oregon.