Violinist Stephen Redfield, D.M.A., is a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, where he performs with the Mississippi Chamber Circle and the Baroque duo HauptMusik. Stephen is concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Arizona Bach Festival. With Texas’ Victoria Bach Festival, his performances as concertmaster and soloist have been released on CD and broadcast nationally. A native of Eugene, Oregon, he participated in the Oregon Bach Festival as a teenager. Since 1983, he has been a regular member of Oregon’s Festival Orchestra, where he has participated in numerous recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning album Credo.
Stephen is frequently featured as a soloist with orchestra, sometimes also acting as the ensemble’s leader. During 2009, Mendelssohn’s 200th birth-year, he performed both Mendelssohn violin concertos as well as his three sonatas. As a chamber musician, Stephen has performed internationally, collaborating with artists Andre-Michel Schub, Peter Wiley and Mark Peskanov. As a member of the Sebastian Ensemble with harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh, he traveled to Lima, Peru for 2009’s Festival Internacional de Música Antigua. Specializing in J.S. Bach’s Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Obligato, the Sebastian Ensemble has toured the United States as well as Spain, Japan and Cuba.
Stephen’s dissertation on the late 18th-century keyboard and violin sonatas of Vicenzo Orgitano led to his specialization in period performance. As a Baroque violinist, he performs regularly with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and has led the ensembles Albuquerque Baroque Players and Nashville’s Music City Baroque. Baroque chamber music credits include concerts with Marion Verbruggen, Mary Springfels, Elizabeth Blumenstock and Kenneth Slowik.