Artistic Director & Conductor
“[Steven is] a percussion virtuoso [who] patrols the outer reaches of sound,” and “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion but of any instrument.”” – The New Yorker
Internationally acclaimed percussionist Steven Schick will serve as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Breckenridge Music Festival, the organization’s summer festival taking place annually mid-July through mid-August. Schick will debut at the Breckenridge podium in his new role in July 2018.
Schick succeeds Artistic Advisor and Conductor, David Danzmayr whose tenure began in 2015 and culminated in the 2017 season. Beginning in the 2018 festival season, Schick will conduct the Festival Chamber Orchestra for 3 weeks.
As the principle architect and animating artistic personality of the summer Festival, Steven Schick will rehearse, conduct and oversee the artistic quality of the orchestra, and from time-to-time, perform solos or chamber music.
As a percussionist, conductor, and author, Steven has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. The most important of these have become core repertory for solo percussion.
He is artistic director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As a conductor, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. He is the curator of, and will be conductor and percussion soloist in, “It’s About Time,” a festival of the San Diego Symphony held January of 2018. Steven is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival, and is co-artistic director, with Claire Chase, of the Summer Music Program at the Banff Centre.
Schick’s publications include a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and many articles. He has released numerous recordings including the 2010 “Percussion Works of Iannis Xenakis,” and its companion, “The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen” in 2014. Also, in 2014, he was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.
Chamber Music Artistic Partner
Michael Linville has established a rich and varied professional life as a pianist, percussionist, harpist, conductor, arranger and educator. As the Dean for Chamber Music and Fellow Development at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Mr. Linville curates three different concert series as part of the Symphony’s season, programming repertoire and coaching its Fellows.
As a concert pianist, Linville has performed with NWS, the San Francisco Symphony, The Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, and regional orchestras around the U.S. An avid skier, Linville enjoys spending as may winter days as he can on the slopes of Breckenridge with his partner Cesar.
Chamber Music Artistic Partner
Kate Hatmaker enjoys a varied career as performer, educator and entrepreneur. She is the Executive and Artistic Director of Art of Elan, a San Diego chamber music organization committed to bringing classical music to diverse audiences, and has been a violinist with the San Diego Symphony since 2006.
Ms. Hatmaker has been a featured soloist with a variety of North American orchestras and has performed at the Vail International Dance Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and the Strings Music Festival. She teaches privately and at the Coronado School of the Arts and is a frequent chamber music recitalist and guest clinician.