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Stephen Lochbaum

Stephen Lochbaum

Stephen Lochbaum,
Plucked Strings
Early Music Summer Institute


Stephen Lochbaum began his classical training at the late age of 18 and achieved much in a short span of time. Within six years he had earned a master’s degree from the University of Victoria, won the National Music Festival of Canada, and had the immense honor of performing with the legendary guitarist Pepe Romero as well as Alexander Dunn and Randy Pile. Shortly after graduation Stephen had his radio debut on CBC Radio 1 performing Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the internationally recognized Vancouver Cantata Singers. He holds a DMA from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Thomas Johnson, also working closely and performing with early music specialists including Paul Leenhouts and Dan Swenberg.

As a performer on several period instruments in the lute family, Stephen has performed at venues such as the Boston Early Music Festival and is active as a continuo player in various early music ensembles.

In addition, Stephen is also an established jazz guitarist, having studied with artists such as Fred Hamilton. He has appeared in numerous national Jazz, Tango, and Flamenco festivals as a soloist and ensemble player. His recordings and performances have been heard regularly on CBC radio 2 and 3, and on several television appearances in Victoria, BC.

As a competitive classical guitarist Stephen won top prizes numerous times at competitions across the US, Canada, and Germany. He was awarded a recording contract with EMEC Discos in Madrid and will record the music of Guilio Regondi. He recently recorded his first solo classical guitar album in Toronto with renowned audio specialist Drew Henderson.

Currently Stephen teaches at Oklahoma City University where he directs the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute and during the summer leads a group of students on a tour of Madrid.

During the summer of 2019 Stephen performed roughly twenty concerts in five countries with highlights at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Conservatoire, The Ateneo in Madrid, and at the Neuhaus am Inn in Germany.