Meet the UCSB Horn Studio Professor!
STEVEN GROSS is Professor of Horn and Director of the Wind, Brass, and Percussion Program at the University of California–Santa Barbara. Dr. Gross is also a former member of the Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and for 24 years Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. His international solo appearances include the Orchester der Stadt Vöcklabruck in Austria, Moscow Conservatory, Beijing Central Conservatory, L’Abri International Arts Festival in Switzerland, Nairobi Symphony in Kenya, NTUA Wind Ensemble in Taiwan, and the Camerata Filarmonia Bohemia of Prague. His Carnegie Hall debut was described by the New York Concert Review as, “offering some of the cleanest articulation and purest musicality.”
Dr. G was featured at the 2015 International Horn Society Symposium in Los Angeles as a soloist with orchestra, performing the Telemann Concerto for Three Horns with Jim Thatcher and Dale Clevenger. During the same concert, he also played the North American premiere of the Jiří Havlík Concerto for Horn, with Dale Clevenger conducting.
In March 2016, he was in residence at the Beijing Central Conservatory, performing in recital, teaching masterclasses, and conducting horn ensembles. In June, he was a featured clinician at the South African National Horn Symposium.
Dr. Gross has released four solo CDs with orchestra on the Summit label. Gramophone Magazine praised his playing for its “subtle flair and vibrant character,” as well as its “suave and poetic conversation.” Reviews from the American Record Guide describe his playing as “outstanding, striking the right balance between thoughtfulness and verve, planning and spontaneity…an excellent tone and the ability and temperament to play heroically.” Horn Call magazine states that he “plays technically flawlessly and highly expressively throughout…Highly recommended.”
In 2008, Dr. Gross was awarded the Stich-Punto Commemorative Plaque from the Czech Horn Society for outstanding devotion to Czech horn music. He is only the second American to receive this award.
Steven Gross has given numerous international masterclasses. European masterclasses include the Moscow Conservatory, Beijing Central Conservatory, Royal Academy of Music in London, and in Austria. Swiss masterclasses include those in Zurich, Basel, Lucerne, and Winterthur. Dr. Gross has been a featured artist at Hornclass and the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival in the Czech Republic. In South Africa, he was clinician at the Stellenbosch Conservatory and the University of Cape Town. Dr. Gross was a faculty artist in China at the First International Music Festival at SIAS University, as well as guest Principal horn with the Hunan Symphony. In the summer of 2014, he was artist faculty at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary. In 2008, the National Taiwan University for Arts appointed Dr. Gross Visiting Professor of Horn.
In the United States, he has presented concerts and masterclasses at the Eastman School, Peabody and Oberlin Conservatories, and Indiana, Southern Methodist, Baylor, and Temple Universities, among others.
At the age of 21, Steven Gross won the First International Heldenleben Horn Competition. He is now Director of the International Horn Competition of America, North America’s leading solo event for horn.
His summers include performing as principal horn of the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra, and horn faculty at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Sárospatak, Hungary.
Steven Gross considers his family his greatest pride and joy—his wife Julie and his children, Mike and wife Lily, as well as Katie.