Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Steven Fox is Artistic Director of Clarion Music Society and Music Director of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg in Russia. In 2014, he begins as Music Director of two new festivals: Geneva International Early Music Festival in Switzerland and the Malibu Nights Classical Music Festival in California. This past season he was Assistant and Cover Conductor for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and Juilliard Opera, and returned for the fourth year to New York City Opera as an Associate Conductor for Christopher Alden's production of Cosi fan Tutte. This past season he has made his debut conducting the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston (called ‘stunning’ by The Boston Globe), and with Juilliard415 at Lincoln Center (‘Exceptional’ by Seen and Heard International). Upcoming debuts include the concerts with Fundacion Excelentia in Madrid and seven performances with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared recently a guest conductor with the Aston Magna Festival in Massachusetts, Jauna Muzika and the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Symphony Orchestra of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra.
Since he began as Artistic Director of the Clarion Society in 2006, Mr. Fox has taken the Clarion Orchestra and Clarion Choir to Lincoln Center on the White Light and Scope Festivals, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Miller Theatre at Columbia, and The Morgan Library; he has garnered critical praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Seen and Heard International, Musical America, BBC Music Magazine and The Boston Globe.
Mr. Fox also has a distinguished background in church music, having served as Acting Director of Music at historic Trinity Church, Wall Street from 2009-2010. He has conducted liturgical services at the Brompton Oratory in London, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and St. Peter’s Basillica in Vatican City.
As a tenor, Mr. Fox has performed as a soloist in recent seasons with Musica Sacra, the S.E.M. Ensemble, TENET and Sacred Music and Sacred Space. From 2006-2008 he was a member of the renowned Renaissance ensemble Pomerium. This fall he will appear for the third time as Cantorial Soloist in the majestic Temple Emanuel in New York City.
Steven graduated a Senior Fellow with High Honors from Dartmouth College and with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, London, where, in 2010, he was named an Associate. He has given master classes and clinics in Early Oratorio at Dartmouth College, The Juilliard School and Yale University.
Recent Press for Steven Fox and Clarion
“What can I say about Steven Fox that I haven’t said before? Adding to my last rave review, I can attest that having experienced his recent conducting with two different orchestras, where he achieved similar impressive results, there is no questioning his ability to draw out from musicians their best possible playing. Clearly, he has a tremendous rapport with his musicians, and this ability makes him a conductor to follow.”
Stan Metzger, Seen and Heard International, May 2011
"[Paul] Jacobs asked the superb Clarion Choir to perform [the Bach chorale settings] a capella before each organ setting. Skillfully led by Steven Fox, the choristers sang with purity of tone and ensemble precision."
Barbara Jepson, Wall Street Journal, November 2010
“Clarion’s esteemed director, Steven Fox”
The New Yorker, March 2012
“Mr. Fox led his small, polished choir and a robust period-instrument band in a brisk, carefully balanced reading, and had the benefit of a solid, well matched cast of soloists. Steven Caldicott Wilson, the tenor, projected Judas’s valor and faith powerfully, qualities matched by Jesse Blumberg in Simon’s brief appearances. Silvie Jensen, a mezzo-soprano, and Lauren Snouffer, a soprano, are both adept at Handelian filigree and gave beautiful accounts (alone and together) of most of the arias by the unnamed characters. Daniel Taylor, the countertenor, picked up a few of the bit parts, too, and gave an exquisite performance of ‘Father of heav’n!’”
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, May 2011
"Steven Fox…is climbing fast in the early music world, recently leading this choir at the rededication of the organ in Alice Tully Hall.”
Leslie Kandell, Musical America, December 2010
“Visionary: artistic director Steven Fox is leading the Clarion Society’s renaissance...And if Fox has his way, New York’s early-music community will no longer be a sometime thing.”
Susan Elliott, BBC Music Magazine, May 2008
“…the Clarion Music Society, one of New York’s most important early music ensembles… Maestro Fox is emerging as one of New York City’s most promising young conductors. Keep your eyes peeled for him."
Kent Tritle, WQXR, January 2011
"Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra loomed like Goliath this week with their complete round of the Beethoven symphonies at Avery Fisher Hall. But on Wednesday evening…the plucky little Clarion Music Society mounted a significant challenge with a Beethoven concert of its own. In terms of novelty and adventure, David won. … The venerable Clarion Music Society…came back to life early this year with Steven Fox as artistic director, and it is good to have it back.”
James Oestreich, The New York Times, October 2006
“When Bach is performed well, as it was tonight, one could almost think, ‘Why bother with any other music?’ …a performance as perfect as the one tonight had my mind racing... The repartee between the strings and the oboe d'amores, each group in respectful conversation, was new to me. I was mesmerized by the energy, enthusiasm, passion and attention to detail displayed here …I have seen Steven Fox several times, and I must say he outdid himself in this performance. His choice of tempo, his understanding of Bach and Baroque style, and his selection of seldom-heard repertory are unexcelled.”
Stan Metzger, Seen and Heard International, December 2010
"Fox and his choristers performed [Bach’s choral settings] artistically, their beautiful voices sounding out ideally..."
Dennis Rooney, Musical America, November 2010
“Steven Fox, Clarion's artistic director, led judiciously paced performances; and the terrific chorus, which also furnished the vocal soloists, produced a clear, sturdy sound...“
James Oestreich, The New York Times, December 2008
“Under its new music director, Clarion Music Society is re-emerging as an important force in early music. Young maestro Fox took over Clarion two years ago and seems poised to usher the ensemble into an exciting new era... Fox's conducting showed a sure feeling for the elegance and drama of the music.”
George Loomis, Musical America, February 2008
“Technique and tone in the long program were precise, articulate and strong, with Fox in control of dynamics. Cutoffs and grand pauses were a joy. ... [The musicians succeeded] in moving the sound quality into the forceful timbres and big low notes of Eastern Europe and the Orthodox Church."
Leslie Kandell, The Berkshire Eagle, July 2008
“…the music showed imaginative word painting and a rich sonority that one hardly expects to encounter in 18th-century music. Steven Fox conducted with precision and expression… The concert introduced me to composers I have missed and showed me new sides to composers I thought I knew.”
David Moore, American Record Guide, October 2008
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