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Steven Fox is one of the leading Early Music specialists of his generation. He is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of New York’s venerable Clarion Music Society, and Music Director of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg in Russia. This past season he served as interim Artistic Director of the Music Program at Trinity Church Wall Street, returned for the third time to New York City Opera as Associate Conductor and also worked as a guest conductor with the Yale University Schola Cantorum.
At the age of 21, Mr. Fox traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, and founded the country's first period-instrument orchestra, Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg. With Musica Antiqua, he has revived a lost repertoire of Russian 18th-century music from the court of Catherine the Great, including the earliest Russian symphony, Berezovsky’s Symphony in C (c. 1771), and the premiere of Dmitri Bortniansky's final opera, Le fils rival (1787), in the Hermitage Theater.
In 2006, Mr. Fox was appointed the third Artistic Director of the Clarion Music Society, succeeding Newell Jenkins and Frederick Hammond. Since then, he has led the Society's orchestra and choir in critically-acclaimed performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Morgan Library's Gilder Lehrman Hall, The Aston Magna Festival, and at St. Ignatius Loyola in conjunction with the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series. The New York Times has called his performances with Clarion 'deeply satisfying'; BBC Music Magazine hailed his musical leadership as 'visionary'; and the American Record Guide praised his conducting for its 'precision and expression'.
Increasingly in demand as a conductor of early oratorio and opera, Mr. Fox recently served as the Associate Conductor for the New York City Opera's productions of Handel's Agrippina, under Ransom Wilson, and Purcell's King Arthur, under Jane Glover and with Christian Curnyn on Handel’s Partenope. In 2008, he appeared as the first guest conductor in the 35-year history of the Aston Magna Festival. Other guest conducting engagements have included Handel's Judas Maccabaeus in Vilnius, Lithuania, with Jauna Muzika; and Mozart’s Sparrow Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
Mr. Fox graduated as a Senior Fellow with High Honors from Dartmouth College and received an MMus degree with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2003. In 2010 Mr. Fox was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an award only offered to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution in their field. He is the 2009 recipient of the Honors Diploma in the Master Players Conducting Competition in Lugano, Switzerland, and he has given master classes in Historical Performance at Yale University and Dartmouth College, and in early oratorio at The Juilliard School.