Stephen Gordon

Stephen Gordon studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with Distinction. He is one of the most active guitarists working in the UK today, his diverse activities encompassing teaching and performance, conducting and coaching guitar ensembles, orchestral and choral conducting, lute continuo and music publishing.

Stephen has given recitals and taught at festivals in the UK, Holland, France and Germany playing on baroque, 19th century and modern guitars. He also plays theorbo and baroque guitar continuo. He has given classes in performance, ensemble, figured bass and fretboard harmony at the Royal College of Music, Tilburg and Groningen Conservatoires (Holland) and at the internationally renowned Iserlohn Guitar Symposium. 

Currently Acting Head of Guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Stephen’s previous teaching positions include Dartington College where he taught guitar and conducted guitar ensembles from 1982 – 2005. During this time, he gave the European premiere of Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint with the college guitar ensemble.  From 1995-2005, Stephen was also on the music staff at Exeter College where the chamber orchestra, under his directorship, was invited on three occasions to perform in the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Music for Youth Festival - on two occasions gaining the outstanding performance award.  Whilst at Exeter, he also conducted Teignmouth Choral Society as well as Exeter College Choir, Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

Stephen founded and directed the Prussia Cove Guitar Seminar - the pioneering summer school for guitar and guitar ensemble - and subsequently founded esgmusic to publish his guitar ensemble arrangements of orchestral music. This has now developed into a substantial catalogue of music used by guitar ensembles worldwide, with items from the solo guitar catalogue appearing in the new ABRSM guitar syllabus.