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Stephen Fitzpatrick started playing the piano at the age of four, and three years later started playing the harp. After initial lessons in his native North Wales, he was accepted as a student at the Royal College of Music in London with Marisa Robles. Further studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Edward Witsenburg culminated with a performance diploma in addition to the degree and teaching diploma already attained in London.

As an orchestral musician, Stephen has been co-principal harpist at the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, guest principal at the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm and in 2000 he was chosen by Daniel Barenboim to be Principal Harpist at the Deutsche Staatskapelle in Berlin. In 2007, he was appointed harpist at the Bayreuther Festspielorchester. He has freelanced with many world class orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and La Scala, Milan, and was regularly invited by Christoph von DohnyŠni to be Guest Principal Harpist at the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg.

Stephen has been active as a chamber musician and soloist throughout Europe. He has given solo recitals in England, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and as member of various chamber music ensembles has given numerous tours throughout France and Spain. He is committed to contemporary music and has given critically acclaimed performances of works by living composers, from the world premiere of a piece for harp, marimba and vibraphone by Victor Varela (Venezuela) to the oboe and harp concerto by Hans Werner Henze with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Stephen was member of the harp faculty at the Hochschule fŁr Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin from 2008-2011 and Professor for Harp at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Seville from 2004-2011. He is currently Professor of Harp at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.






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