Mr Stephen John De Pledge
BMus(perf), Concert Recital Diploma (GSMD), LTCL (piano, viola)
New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge has a wide-ranging career as soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he won the Gold Medal, he spent two years as a Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music.
Stephen’s solo performances have taken him to Hong Kong, Italy, France, Singapore, Japan, Australia and the USA, in addition to numerous appearances in London, at Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, Barbican Hall and Kings Place. Concerto appearances include the Philharmonia (London), Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony and New London orchestras. He has recorded solo works of Bliss, Messiaen and Arvo Pärt, for whom he made the world premiere recording of the piano sonatinas. He also made the premiere recording of the four Piano Preludes of Gorecki.
As a chamber musician, Stephen has collaborated with groups such as the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble and the Scottish Ensemble. Recent chamber music performances have been in New York, Dresden, Bogotà, Shanghai, Paris and Beijing, and he has performed at many international festivals in the UK and abroad. Stephen has also worked in recital with many musicians, including Dame Felicity Lott, Raphael Wallfisch, Alan Hacker and Viktoria Mullova.
Stephen’s repertoire is far-reaching, from the music of the 17th to the 21st centuries. In 2001 he performed the complete chamber works of Arvo Pärt during the Edinburgh Festival, under the guidance of the composer, and he has become particularly associated with the music of Messiaen, which he studied in Paris with the composer’s widow, the late Yvonne Loriod. In 2008 he gave the first performance of the "Landscape Preludes", twelve new works by New Zealand composers, at the International Festival in Wellington, and with the NZSO has recorded the piano concerto of Lyell Cresswell, released in 2014.
In addition to his solo recordings, Stephen’s recordings for Naxos, Sanctuary Classics, ASV, Quartz and Landor labels include song cycles by Ned Rorem and Samuel Barber, and chamber music of Messiaen, Shostakovich, Schnittke and Pärt. He has broadcast for Radio 3 and Classic FM in the UK, and has also been on radio in USA, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, as well as BBC Television.
KBB/CANZ Citation for services to New Zealand Music, 2015
Areas of expertise
- Piano performance
- Collaborative piano
- Chamber music
- Contemporary music
- New Zealand Vice Chancellor's Committee, scholarship panel membership 2011 - 2018
- SOUNZ Contermporary Award, jury 2017
- NZCT National Chamber Music Competition, jury 2009, 2017
- Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, London, 2014, 2015
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Depledge, S. J. (2012). Pictures at an Exhibition, Modest Mussorgsky [CD recording] UK: Champs Hill Records. ASIN B0077BNBZ6.
- Depledge, S. J. Landscape Preludes, 23/3/2012. [Concert], (60 minutes), Stephen de Pledge presents 'Landscape Preludes' to Scotland, Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
- Depledge, S. J., & Tausk, O. Concerto Performance with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow, 17/3/2012. (120 minutes), New music concert, City Halls, Glasgow, City Halls, Glasgow. Commissioning body: BBC Related URL.
- Depledge, S. J. BBC Radio 3 live broadcast performance, 13/3/2012. (60 minutes), Live broadcast performance of Brahms and Beethoven, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Related URL.
- Depledge, S. J. City of London Festival solo recital, 'The Landscape Preludes', 4/7/2011. City of London Festival, London, U.K., St Margaret's Lothbury, London.
- Depledge, S. J. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Cresswell Concerto, 28/5/2011. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Made in New Zealand concert, and RNZ broadcast, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Depledge, S. J. Recital in New Zealand International Piano Festival, 6/4/2011. (2 hours), New Zealand International Piano Festival, Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber, Auckland, N.Z..
- Depledge, S. J., Chamber Domaine, & Suh, Y. (2011). Landscapes, Real and Imagined: Chamber Works by Judith Bingham [CD (RES10102)] Resonus Classics.