Stephen Reck is regarded as one of the foremost players of a new generation of classical guitarists emerging from Ireland. Receiving excellent reviews in Classic Fm magazine and the American Record guide for his recent CD Saudade, Stephen has been delighting audiences with his thoughtful and effortless presentation.
Born in Dublin, Stephen's progress within the field of classical guitar is nothing short of remarkable. It is fair to say that he was a late starter and only began formal classical guitar lessons at the relatively late age of seventeen, in a short time he attained such a high standard that he was accepted into the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama where he studied under the world renowned John Feeley. Awarded the trade union of Ireland scholarship for postgraduate study abroad he then gained a Masters Music Performance Degree under the tutelage of Carlos Bonell in London. Then with the support of the Irish Arts Council Stephen studied for two years at the University of Denver, Colorado with the legendary Cuban virtuoso and pedagogue, Ricardo Iznaola, who said of Stephen's playing, "Great technique and beautiful sound".
As a soloist Stephen has performed extensively in the UK, Ireland and America. He has appeared at the John Field Recital Room of the National Concert Hall in Dublin and venues throughout the UK. Stephen has performed and taught at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Maine, USA performing such works as Mundis Canis by George Crumb and a guitar concerto by Tan Dun as part of the Gamper Contemporary Music festival.
In addition to his solo work Stephen has collaborated for several years with the highly regarded flautist David Cuthbert as part of the group Flautarra and has recently established a guitar and piano duo with pianist Gina Kruger.
Distributed by Con Brio recordings his first album of recorded work "Saudade" was released early in 2007 has been featured on many radio stations including RTE Lyric FM and received many accolades. According to Jeremy Nicholas of Classic Fm magazine said "An imaginative choice of 12 works sensitively played, intimately recorded and nicely presented-June 2008" and American Record Guide "Clean pleasant tone his best work is the most challenging piece, Dodgson's Fantasy Divisions, which he navigates with involvment and imagination..."
Stephen currently plays a guitar by Greg Smallman.