Stephen King

STEPHEN KING, viola

Stephen King is the violist of the Australian String Quartet, based at the University of Adelaide. Prior to this he spent almost nine years performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. This included a major role in planning and running the ACO education program and ACO2.

Stephen grew up in Canberra and after an architecture degree commenced formal viola studies with Elizabeth Morgan in Brisbane, then James Dunham, Kathy Murdock and Michael Tree in the USA. Stephen holds a Doctorate in Chamber Music from the University of Maryland and has worked closely with the Emerson and Guarneri String Quartets.

From 1997 Stephen was violist of the Coolidge String Quartet based in Washington D.C., performing in venues from Carnegie Hall, to the Jerusalem Music Centre and Hong Kong's City Hall, and festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood and La Jolla.

While living abroad, Stephen was the Associate Principal Viola of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and violist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division in Boston, the American String Teachers Association Music Workshops and Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp.

With his wife Kylie, Stephen has three young boys who keep them pretty well tied up in any down time. Stephen used to kayak, bushwalk, make furniture and renovate houses. He dreams of having some time and a big shed.