Stephen De Pledge
New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Following studies in Auckland and London, he was awarded the Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the NFMS Young Concert Artists’ Award, which led to debuts in the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. He has given concerto performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, New London and Philharmonia Orchestras, amongst others. Solo performances in recent seasons have taken him to Tokyo, Cologne, Paris, London and Edinburgh, as well as throughout New Zealand. His extensive discography includes works by Bliss, Barber, Messiaen, Shostakovich and Brahms, and premiere recordings of Pärt, Gorecki and Rorem. Stephen has collaborated with many musicians, including Felicity Lott, Viktoria Mullova and Evelyn Glennie, and is a guest at many international festivals.
School from 2007-2008, and from 2008 – 2013 he performed as he performed as an assistant principal of 2nd violins in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that has won numerous Grammy, Juno and Gramophone awards and is considered Canada’s leading orchestra.
Andrew performs on a J.B. Vuillaume violin from 1845, and a J.J. Martin bow from 1880.