Steve Bingham, LRAM, ARAM

Steve Bingham studied violin with Emmanuel Hurwitz, Sidney Griller and the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won prizes for orchestral leading and string quartet playing. In 1985 he formed the Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble which has become one of the foremost in the UK, with an enviable reputation for both classical and contemporary repertoire.

The Quartet has recorded numerous CDs and has worked for radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as Australia. The group has toured in Europe, the Middle East and Australia and its educational activities have included residencies at London’s South Bank Centre, for several UK festivals and at Radley College. The Quartet is also known for it’s many performances of new works by some of the best young composers in Britain.

Steve has appeared as guest leader with orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet and English Sinfonia. He has given solo recitals both in the UK and America and his concerto performances include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Bruch, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Sibelius, given in venues as prestigious as St. Johns’ Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall.

In recent years Steve has developed his interest in improvisation, electronics and World music. His debut solo CD “Duplicity” was released in 2005, and has been followed by “Ascension”, “Touchable Dreams”, a CD of poetry and violin with Jeremy Harmer, “Third”, an eclectic mix of live-looped pieces, “The Persistence Of Vision”, which features the amazing Bach D minor Partita and works by Michael Nyman, and – in lockdown – “Touch”, a 10 track covers album. In early 2024 he will release “Cuckoo”, an album of solo violin pieces written for him by a selection of contemporary composers.

Beyond performing on the violin Steve is a conductor of some repute, and currently conducts the Ely Sinfonia, Ad Hoc Sinfonia and Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, with guest appearances with several other ensembles.

Steve is a committed educator, both in his work for the European String Teachers Association, and his coaching on many chamber music courses, as well as his regular school workshops to all age groups. He is particularly known for his communication skills and enthusiasm.

Steve’s interests include ornithology and wildlife photography.