Stephen Goss (3 October)
Welsh-born Stephen Goss studied at the Universities of Bristol and London, and the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Julian Bream Prize as a guitarist. As a composer his teachers were Peter Dickinson, Edward Gregson, Anthony Payne and Robert Saxton. His range reflects that of a true musical polymath. He has written a guitar concerto for John Williams, a piano concerto for Emmanuel Despax and a song cycle for Ian Bostridge. Other works have been premiered by, among others, the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev, the China National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. As a guitarist, his activities include his guitar quartet ensemble, Tetra (of which his interviewer for Putney Music, Stewart French, is a member), and as an educator his activities include a Professorship of Composition and Director of Research for the School of Arts at the University of Surrey in Guildford.
He supports Arsenal Football Club, for which he is a season ticket holder.