Biography - Stephen Harrap

- conductor & composer -

Stephen Harrap was born in Portsmouth in 1952.
He started the piano at the age of 5 and sang as a chorister in Portsmouth Cathedral and Tiffin Boys Choir Kingston.
Having completed his studies in composition, piano and conducting, he went to Germany conducting at the Frankfurt Opera and later on in the Salzburg Theatre.
He has worked closely with composers such as Hans Werner Henze, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, and Peter Maxwell Davies, whose opera „The Lighthouse“ he conducted for Austrian Radio in Salzburg. There he met Luciano Berio, who invited him to work in Florence. 
During the coming years he conducted many of Berio’s works including the French Premiere of „Un re in ascolto“ for the Paris Opera (La Bastille) and also in Covent Garden.
He also conducted concerts with orchestras such as „The London Sinfonietta“, „Het Residentie Orkest, Den Haag“, the Radio Orchestras of Milan and Turin and the „Orchestra for Santa Cecilia Rome“. 
Since 1996 he he has concentrated much more on composition, and has received commissions from Cologne Cathedral „Mass for World Peace“, Münster State Theatre „The First Commandment“ , Guardini Foundation Berlin „Magnificat and Nunc dimittis“, Brass Consort Köln „Suite for Brass- Quintett“ which was premiered in the WDR-Funkhaus in 2010, and „Veni Creator Spiritus“ and „Ave Verum Corpus“ for Tim Brown and the Choir of Clare College Cambridge. Harrap will be awarded the Rhein-Erft Culture Prize in November 2012 for services to music.

In 2013 St. Michael’s Munich commissioned him to write new motets for Pentecost and an orchestral version of his „Processional“.

A new Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for Clare College Choir Cambridge was premiered under the direction of Graham Ross in October 2014.
Members of the WDR played his new Sonata for tuba, harp, timpani, marimba and gongs in the Bismarck-Saal Cologne for the WDR chamber music concerts in the spring of 2015.
In May the Zürcher Sing-Akademie sang his new motet „A hymn to God the Father“ (text: John Donne) in Utrecht and in Kerkrade for the Choir Festival „CantaRode,“ Andreas Felber then conducted the Italian first performance in Milan at the beginning of June.


© by Stephen Harrap ·