Richard Carson Steuart rank as International Solosit is best described by his numerous awards: as top-prize winner of not only the Canadian National Music Festival (Juniour 1st prize winner in 1967 and Senior 1st prize winner in 1976), and the CBC Radio and Television Solo Competitions (Toronto /1976) in his home of country but as winner of two of the world's most prestigious Classical Solo-trumpet Competitions: the German International Radio and Television Classical Music Competition (Munich /1980) and the International Swiss Radio and Television Classical Solo Trumpet Competition (Geneva / 1981). This exclusive status is one that Mr. Steuart shares these past 30 years with only one other living Classical Solo-Trumpeter colleague, none other than the now legendary "King of the Classical Solo-Trumpet", Mr. Maurice André of Paris, France.
Richard Carson Steuart was born on January 31st, 1956 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada and moved with his family to Regina, the capital city of that Western Canadian Provence in 1960.
His first musical instruction began on his 9th birthday under his father, Kenneth Leslie Steuart, a self taught and highly successful Telecommunications Engineer and serious brass-playing hobby musician. He subsequently studying (at 9 1/2 years of age) first privately with Professor Dr. John Harding, then at 11 years of age with Dr. Mel Carey at the University of Regina.
At age ten, after only one year of musical study, Richard's exceptional natural talent had already enabled him to perform the Virtuoso Romanic Solo- Cornet works of Herbert Lincoln Clarke (the famous Solo-Cornetist with John Philip Sousa's internationally acclaimed Concert Band) and these "live" on regional Television (CKCK and CHRE)!
Less than one year later, in April of 1967, he won first prize at the Canadian National Music Competition for Junior Solo-Trumpeters up to and including 16 years of age, performing the classical Concerto in Eb Major by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, (Josef Haydn's successor as "Kappelmeister" to Prince Esterhazy at Eisenstadt, Austria).
That summer young "Ricky" (as he was called by his closest friends and family members at that time) undertook his first Jazz-Tour as featured Soloist with a professional Big-Band (the Jubilee Band lead by Dr. Harding. This tour was part of the Canadian National Centenary Concert Festivities where he was asked to perform both Popular and Jazz "favourites" from contemporary composers such as Leroy Anderson, Bobby Gimbey, Stanley Burke and most especially the then very popular New Orleans Jazz- Trumpet Soloist, Al Hirt. All of these pieces he performed from memory and before crowds of thousands and this at just 11 years of age. Even more astoundingly, all this took place after little more than two years of any kind of musical study! Involved in several musical groups from the Salvation Brass Band to the University of Saskatchewan Symphonic Concert Band and Jazz Big Band Richard was a regular member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra from 1969 advancing to Solo-trumpet in that semi-professional orchestra in the 1971/1972 season and was aswell a member of the National Youth Chamber and Symphony Orchestras of Canada from 1970 to 1975.
In 1976 he performed with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra as both featured National Radio-Soloist and as Orchestral Solo-trumpeter under Aaron Copland. That same year he won the First Prize in the Canadian National Music Festival for all Brass Instruments and first prize in the CBC , Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio and Television Competition for all Wind- instruments. That same year he received the first of three consecutive Canadian Council of Arts Awards with which to begin his years of Private-Selective Studies in Philadelphia, Chicago and New York with members of the Philadelphia, Chicago and New York Metropolitan opera Orchestras.
In the fall of 1976 he began his international studies with Frank Kaderabek at the Curtis Institute in Philadephia, in t6he summer of 1977 with Vincent Chicowitz at North-Western University in Chicago, and in spring and summer of 1978 privately with Mel Broiles in New York and Philip Jones in London and finally with Rolf Quinque the fall of 1978 in Munich Germany.
In November of 1978 he won the position as Solo-trumpeter with the German Opera on the Rhein in Düsseldorf and in Feberuaray of 1979 was asked to assume the position of 1. Solotrumpeter with the world famous Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. This sposition he held until 18 983 when, with the expressed support of the Bavarian Ministry of Culture, the City of Würzburg, Germany, created an "Artist in Residence" position specifically for him at their Conservatory of Music with teaching responsibilities ranging from Baroque and Classic over Big- Band and Modern Jazz to Modern Classical Experimental Music.
In September 2001 he was further appointed to the Bavarian State's University of Musical Arts (Hochschule für Musik) in Würzburg with teaching responsibilities spanning from the Renaissance over the Romantic Eras through to music of the Modern age. In 2008 he was further honoured by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture for a quarter-century of outstanding work at their State Music University in Würzburg. Having taught at a University level for four decades, (begining in 1970 with a teaching assistantship for Trumpet and Brass Ensemble to Dr. Mel Carey, at the University of Saskachewan, Regina Campus) he continues to be a sought after Jury- Member for numerous International Brass Music Competitions and is a regular Guest- lecturer and Chamber Ensemble Instructor, Leader and Conductor in several Universities world-wide, including the Lubljiana Conservatory (Slovenia), Weimar Musik Hochschule(Germany), the Vanderbilt University (U.S.A.), the Genesin Music Institute Moscow, Russia, the Franz Liszt Conservartory (Danzig, Polnad), the Modest-Mousorgsky State Music School and the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (St. Petersburg, Russia).
Mr. Steuart has recently accepted a second Professorship on the faculty of the University of Maribor in Slovenia, to begin in the fall of 2010.
Richard Steuart is the winner of several prestigious international Solo Competitions for the classical trumpet, including those held by the Canadian (CBC), German (ARD) and Swiss (RTS-R) Radio and Television Corporations, respectively. He is a co-founder of the German Brass Ensemble (1979-1987) and is the founder and musical director of the Munich Brass ensemble (since 1983), the Deutsche Kammersolisten (German Chamber Soloists) String Orchestra (since 1989), the European Brass Academy (since 1990), and the European Baroque Soloists (since 1991).
Richard Carson Steuart tours internationally and records both historical and contemporary music on modern and period instruments for radio and television, produces Ensemble and Solo CDs throughout Europe, the Ukraine, the U.S. and Russia for numerous CD labels including Audite / Stuttgart; Orfeo / Munich; Koch / International; MMO-New York; RCA-London and EMI- Electrola Köln as well as for his own La Tromba ® Music Productions recording company.
Over the now, more than 40 years of his professional career, Richard Carson Steuart has performed thousands of live concerts as both Symphonic Solo-trumpeter and Chamber Ensemble Leader as well as featured Soloist and Recording-Artist with Pop- and Rock- Bands, Big- Bands, Brass-Bands, Symphonic Concert Bands, Brass Ensembles as well as for Feature European and Hollywood Films.
Mr. Steuart has been a continual champion of "classical" modern- music during his entire career regularly commissioning, premiering and/or conducting numerous Solo and Ensemble works for both concert and recording production by Canadian, American, Russian, Chinese, French, English, Swiss, German, Finish, Slovenian, Polish and Italian contemporary composers.
In 1991 was awarded the prestigious BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) Prize for "Extraordinary Modern Musical Interpretation" by Hans Werner Hense at the International "Neue Musik" Biennale in Munich.
He has performed thousands of Duo- Concerts with Guitar, Cembalo, Piano, Organ as well conducted Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras, various Brass and Symphonic Wind-Ensembles, Modern Jazz- Ensembles, and Jazz Big-Bands.
His career has included special engagements with numerous International Symphony Orchestras under conductors as diverse as Jinn Wang (China), Witold Rowitzski (Poland), Lawrence Foster (Monaco), Giuseppe Patané (Italy), Gary Bertini (U. S. A.), Eugen Jochen (Germany), Loren Maazel (U.S.A.), Michael Gieland (Austria), Michel LeGrand (France), Horst Stein (Switzerland) and Hans Zimmer (U.S.A. /Germany).
Richard Carson Steuart's early musical development:
While still attending Public- (Grammar) School in Regina, young Richard began to study additional instruments including the Piano, the Clarinet, the Oboe and the Saxophone as well attending classes in music - theory (including Music History, Harmony, Form and Counterpoint) at the Regina City Conservatory of Music (then closely associated with the University of Saskatchewan and the Regina Symphony).
Here Richard's musical development was also very rapid, so that at age 14, he was given his first formal written contract to teach both the Clarinet and Saxophone for the Regina City Public-School System and that same year (1970) accepted a Teaching- Assistanceship for Trumpet and Brass Ensemble to Dr. Mel Carey, Head of the Brass Department of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus.
Richard held each of these early pedgocial positions through to 1976 when he left Canada to further his own advanced musical studies, having recieved a full four year Under-Graduate Study-Scholarship at North America's top musical institute: the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U. S. A..
Up to his depature to the U.S.A. he had already performed hundreds of Solo-Trumpet and Cornet engagements, Radio recordings in a variety of musical idioms from Baroque to Big Band and even Rock Band and was an active member in several community service-club Concert Bands in Regina. He had been the Solo-Cornetist of the Regina City Police Boys Band (starting at age 11), the Royal Canadian Legion Band, as well as being (in his words) "a proud Soloist- member" of the Regina Salvation Army Brass- Band.
Richard was as well, the Solo-Trumpeter and Assistant-Conductor of the Regina Inter-Collegiate Symphony Orchestra, and toured as featured Soloist (i.e. performing the Josef Haydn Concerto in Eb and the Solo parts in Handel's "Messiah") to London, England in 1970.
He was the Solo-Cornetist of both the Saskatchewan Youth Concert Band and Youth Symphony Orchestra and toured throughout Canada and the U.S.A. from 1968 to 1974 with both of these regional ensembles.
Still attending High-School (from 1969 to 1974), Richard Steuart was Co-founder and the First -trumpeter of the University of Regina Brass Quinet, the Solo-trumpet of both the University of Regina Symphonic Wind Ensemble (under Dr. John Steinecker) and the University Jazz-Big-Band (lead by Randy Hermann) and was the youngest member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra (beginning in 1970 as 3rd trumpeter), advancing to the Solo-Trumpet position of that "semi-Professional" orchestra in 1972 (under Boris Brott), and holding that position through to his departure to the U.S.A. in 1976.
Richard Carson Steuart's most important early Brass-Teachers included the gifted Jazz and Classical Trumpeter, Big- Band Leader and Arranger/Composer, Prof. Dr. John Harding (later Professor of trumpet at the Universities of North Carolina in both Chapel- Hill and Charlotte, UNCC) as well as the Solo-Hornist and Concert Pianist, Prof. Dr. Mel Carey (of Universities of Saskatachewan in Regian and Saskatoon and U.S.C Berkley, California).
Throughout his six year membership as the Solo-Cornet and later Solo-Trumpet of both the National Youth Chamber and National Youth Symphony Orchestras of Canada (from 1970 to 1976) he was fortunate to be able to study with amoung others Mr. Theodore Weiß, then Solo- trumpeter of the New York Opera; Eugen Rittich, then Solo-Hornist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Richard Erb, then Bass-Trombonist of the St. Louis Symphony,as well as the two "original" trumpet- members of the Canadian Brass Quintet (Prof. Dr. Dr. W. Fred Mills and Prof. Ronald Romm).
Richard Carson Steuart began his full professional performance career in the summer season of 1976 with a series of successes. He was both Featured Radio- Soloist (National CBC) and Orchestral Solo-Trumpeter with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra under Aaron Copland (U.S.A.) and Gervaise DePier (England) in Banff, Canada, First Prize winner of the Canadian National Music Festival (for all Brass Instruments in the catagory "A-Class Open") and First Prize-winner of the CBC (Canadian National Broadcasting Corporation) Radio and Television Classical Music Competition, ("CBC Talent Festival") and this in the Solo Category for All Wind- Instruments (both Brass and Woodwind).
Thereafter he performed numerous concerts as Classical Soloist with numerous Western Canadian Symphony Orchestras including the Edmonton Symphony, the Vancouver CBC Chamber, and the Winnepeg CBC Symphony Orchestras.
In 1976 Richard Carson Steuart competed for and won the first of three consecutive foreign study "National Arts Grants-Awards" from the Government of Canada.
Thus began his 3 years of "Private- Selective Studies": firstly in Philadelphia, with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra (with Mason Jones, Solo Hornist; Glen Dogson, Solo-Trombonist and Frank Kaderabek, Solo Trumpet) at the Curtis Institute (1976/77). In the spring of 1977 he left Philadelphia to study in Chicago with members of the Chicago Symphony (Vincent Chicowitz and Adolf Herseth) and at North Western University (1977/78). Then in the Spring of 1978 he journeyed to New York to study with amoung others Mr. Mel Broils, the Solo-trumpeter of the Metroplitian Opera of New York at that time.
In June of 1978 Steuart left North America for Europe to assume the position of Solo-Trumpeter with the World Youth Orchestra (Orchestre du Mondial) which that year was directed by Lawrence Foster now Musical director of the Monte Carlo Symphony Orchestra.
Following summer Concert tours with the WYO in Switzerland and the "Proms" concerts in the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Mr. Steuart resumed his "Private-Studies" in September of 1978 with Sir Philip Jones, the Founder and Director of the world renown Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and then Principal of the Trinity College of London, as his Study Advisor.
In mid-September 1978, Mr. Jones suggested that Mr. Steuart journey to Munich, to prepare for Orchestral Audtions with the former Solo-Trumpeter of the Munich Philharmonic and Professor of Trumpet at the Richard Strauss Conservatory, Herr Rolf Quinque and on November 4th, 1978 Richard Carson Steuart won the position of Solo-Trumpet of the German-Opera in Duesseldorf. On February the 3rd, 1979 he he was invited personally by express-Telegramm by the Orchestral Managment of the "Bamberger Symphoniker" to play for the position of 1st-Solo-Trumpeter of the Bavarian-State's world famous Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, aposition t he assumed in July, 1979. That year he also co-founded the German Brass Ensemble (formerly known "Das Deutsche Blechbläser Quintet") together with Enrique Crespo and Wolfgang Gaag and was the leading trumpeter of the German Brass from 1979 to 1978. In the Spring of 1983 he also formed his own Munich Brass Ensemble (which he continues to lead today).
In September of 1983 the City of Wuerzburg, with the expressed support of the Bavarian State's Ministry of Culture created an all new "Artist in Residence" lecturing position especially for Richard Carson Steuart in their Music Conservatory at which time he left the Bamberg Symphony.
As a consiquence to his 18 years of exceptionally successful lecturing (from Baroque ensmble to Jazz Big-Band) at the Wuerzburg Conservatory, he was awarded a "special" position in 2001 as Baroque Trumpet lecturer at the newly reorganised Bavarian State "Music University" in Wuerzburg (Hochschule für Music Wuerzburg).
In January of 2008 he was offered and has recently accepted a further position as Professor of Trumpet and Chamber Music in the newly formed Faculty of Music at the Maribor University in Slovenia, a position he is to assume parallel to his Wuerzburg lecturing responsibilities, beginning in September of 2010.
The 2008/2009 season marks Mr. Steuart 38th year of International College Level Teaching and his 28th of year of professional teaching in Europe in amoung other Institutions the City Consevatory and State University of Music in Wuerzburg, the Thaikowsky Conservatory and Gnessin Institute in Moscow, the Rhymsky Korsakoff Conservatory in St. Petersburg, the Conservatory of Music in Danzig Polnad and Kiev Ukrain.
In appreciation for his diverse accomplishments and 25 years of service (1983-2008), the Freistaat Bayern's Kultus Ministerium / Bavarian State's Ministry of Culture honored him with a special "Dankurkunde" accompanied by a special finacial gratifiction.
2008/9 also marks Richard Carson Steuart's 30th year of Solo, Orchestral and Chamber Music Recording activities in Europe. These activities have included International Concert Tours with Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras, Brass and Symphonic Wind Ensembles, Classical Ballet, Musical - Theatre, Choir and Opera Companies as well as diverse recordings for CD, Radio, Television and Feature- Film Music ranging from Historical Music on Period instruments (ie. The Baroque/Natural trumpet) to Contemporary Jazz, Big Band, Pop, Rock, Modern Classical and modern "Experimental" Music.
During this time numerous Solo and Ensemble Works have been written for as well as commissioned and recorded by Mr. Steuart and for various musical constellations. Composers and arrangers from ranging from regoinal personalities to internationally renowned Composers such as Herbert Blendinger, Valery Strukov, Werner Egk, Helmut Timpelan and Bertold Hummel.
Mr. Steuart has over the last 30 years produced several of his own Solo and Chamber Music CD recordings under his recording label La Tromba ® using both his own and as well as other top quality Recording Studio Technicians in Germany and through-out Europe.
The newest La Tromba produced CD: Music for Trumpet and Guitar - "Richard Carson Steuart and Friends" (a broad spectrum collection of recordings in the Trumpet and Guitar genre done here in Europe starting as far back as 1987) was produced for and released through the International Trumpet Guild in March 2010. This release is at present exclusively available through the ITG at:
He can also be heard on a number of other international recording labels including Audite, Stuttgart; Koch International; RCA; Orfeo/International, Munich; MMO/New York and EMI-Electrola.
Since 2005 Richard Carson Steuart has recorded five pedagogical CDs for the MMO (Music Minus One) company of New York U.S.A.. These Solo-CDs are accompanied by Symphony Orchestra ranging from Grand Opera Arias and light Operetta over original Romantic and Traditional Cornet and Trumpet Solo Works with Concert Band: They also include Big Band and popular favouites with amoung other chmaber groups, his Munich Brass Ensemble. Please see: (www.musicminusone.com).
Richard Carson Steuart continues to record regularly in a wide variety of musical venues such as in the State TV-, Radio-studios in Germany as well as in studios thoughout Europe and can even be heard on Hollwood Film- Music Sound tracks of such famous film composer as the Michael LeGrand and Hans Zimmer.
He has aswell performed and recorded with Artists and Ensembles as diverse as the St. Peterburg Baroque Ensemble and the Russian Brass Quintet, Gary Brooker (of the legendary English Rock Band, Procol Harum), the controversial German "Lieder Macher" and European Film-Music Composer Konstantin Wecker, the Pan-European Jazz-Educator, Big- Band Leader and Composer-Arranger Peter Herbolzheimer. He has recorded with top Hollywood Film- Music Composers and Oscar Prize- winners including the "grand" master Michael Legrand and the currently hugely successful (i.e. with Disney Films), German-born Hans Zimmer.
Mr. Steuart's extensive "Research and Development" initiatives with regards to the construction of both Modern and Historical Brass Instruments and their repective Mouthpieces is based on decades of co-operations with renowned instrument manufacturers including Yamaha, (Hamamatzu, Japan); KMI / Kanstul, (Anaheim California, USA) and Adolf Egger, (Basel, Switzerland) amoung others and all of which have greatly helped him in the ulimate development and production of his own brand of La Tromba® Trumpets, Mouthpieces and Accessories, manufactured in Germany since 1999. He aswell a highly sought after International Competition Jury -member, Guest- Lecturer and Orchestral and Chamber Music Conductor. He can be found working regularily in top recording studios as well as Conservatories and Universities world-wide and most especially throughout North America, Russia, Japan, China and Europe.
As the former Solo-Trumpeter of both the German Opera in Düsseldorf and the world famous Bamberg Symphony Orchestras, co-founding Leading-1st- Trumpeter of the prestigeous German Brass, founder and continuing leader of his own Munich Brass and Prince Bishop of Wuerzburg's Wind Ensembles he is as well as the founder and leader of both the European Baroque (on both Modern and Historical instruments) and the German Chamber Soloists (String orchestra) Richard Carson Steuart is not only regarded by many today to be one of the foremost International Classical Solo-Trumpeter of his generation but aswell one of the world's most musically versatile.