Musician Profiles

Stephen Bryant

Stephen Bryant was born in Long Beach, California and studied violin with Vera Barstow, Pavel Farkas and Paul Shure.

He was Concertmaster of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra under Calvin Simmons and a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Neville Marriner.

Moving to Canada in 1979, Steve was Principal Second of the Edmonton Symphony for ten seasons before joining the Calgary Philharmonic where he was Assistant Concertmaster for four years. During this time he served as Concertmaster for the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival as well the Fairbanks Festival and the Banff Festival. In 1998 Maestro Kees Bakels appointed Stephen as Principal Second of the newly-formed Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur. Then in 2000 he became Principal Second of the Sydney Symphony under Edo De Waart and in 2002 he returned to America as a member of the Seattle Symphony.

String Quartets have always been one of Stephen's great loves. During the 70's he was leader of the Ysaye Quartet based in Southern California. In the 80's he led the Debut Quartet in Edmonton, Alberta which was the first Canadian Quartet to compete in the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The 90's saw him form the Beau Quartet in Calgary which produced recordings on the Arktos label of string quartets by Nielsen, Sibelius, Gardel, Bachmann and Andrix. Since 1992 Steve leads a string quartet each summer which presents concerts in the great natural amphitheatres of the Grand Canyon as part of a two-week river trip. On each trip he endeavors to perform works by every great composer from Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Schnittke, Schulhoff and Schickele. Here in Seattle Steve plays for the Metropolitan Quartet, the St. Helens Quartet, the Beau-Metro Quartet and presents a chamber music concert series on Bainbridge Island with his viola-playing wife, Sue Jane.

The Bryants have two children living in New York City. Sophie is an artist and Robert is a pastry chef. Steve dabbles with photography and loves table tennis and especially enjoys fine wines and cuisine.
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