Stephen Paulson begins his ninth season of Music Director of Symphony
Parnassus. In his continued devotion to the goal of making the
orchestra's performances the best possible experience for both players
and audience, he has led the ensemble through a wide variety of great
works, both from the central repertoire and the new and unusual.
He has appeared as guest conductor of orchestral performances with
members of the San Francisco Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and most
recently with the New World Symphony.
His career as a bassoonist spans four decades, having been principal
with the Rocheser Philharmonic, co-principal with the Pittsburgh
Symphony, and principal with the San Francisco Symphony, where he will
be starting his 30th season. He has appeared often as soloist with the
SFS, and can be seen and heard on Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFS's
new educational video series "Keeping Score". In 1995 he was invited by
the late Sir Georg Solti to perform with the World Orchestra for Peace,
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in Geneva,
He is a member of the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory
of Music, and has given master classes at schools around the
world, including the Manhattan School of Music, The New England
Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and the Shanghai
Conservatory. Mr. Paulson has taught and performed at many summer
festivals, including Aspen, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of
the Pacific in Canada, the Grand Teton Music Festival, Music
at Kirkwood, and others.
Stephen Paulson attended the Eastman School of Music, where he studied
bassoon with K. David Van Hoesen, and composition with Samuel Adler.
Formal conducting studies began much more recently when, in 2004, he
began lessons with George Cleve.
"Directing Symphony Parnassus has truly been a fulfilling experience
for me. My duties as conductor have enabled me to become intimate with
many great musical scores in a new and profound way, and I have had the
pleasure of working with a group of people who have opened up new
worlds of ideas to me through their excellent playing as well as
through their amazing and diverse lives outside music."
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