Steve Merson

Principal Second Violin

Steve Merson was born into a musical family in Scotland, UK. He spent his formative years being taught by his father before moving to London to study at the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Professor David Takeno. Steve was awarded his Associate of the Guildhall School of Music (AGSM) and went on to the Advanced Solo Studies course for a further year.

On completion of his studies, Steve joined the BBC and two years later he won a position with the world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which he held for 23 years. During his career in London, Steve also performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia to name but a few. He has also worked with a number of internationally recognized conductors of the caliber of Andre Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Lorin Mazel, Sir George Solti, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, James Levine and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Steve has shared the stage with Pinchas Zukerman, Itzak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Maxim Vengarov, Placido Domingo, Lucianno Pavarotti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Joshua Bell, Emmanuel Ax and Jesse Norman. He has been fortunate to have traveled extensively performing at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Madison Square Garden, Boston Symphony Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, The Musikverein in Vienna, The Philharmonie in Berlin, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, La Scala Milan, Royal Festival and Royal Albert Halls in London as well as for Pope John Paul II at The Vatican and for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Steve has recorded numerous soundtracks for BBC television and films as well as for the big screen, such as The Red Violin, The Ghost and the Darkness, Mad Max 3, Ellis Island and The Lord of the Rings.

Steve now lives in Austin, Texas with his Chicago born wife Norene and enjoys an active career performing with the symphony orchestras of Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Mid-Texas, San Angelo, Waco, Abilene, Brazos Valley, Temple, Laredo and of course, Round Rock.

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