Besides being a performing musician, Maurice Steger also works as a lecturer. He’s particularly inspired by the task of imparting both technical and formal musical knowledge, by working together with young people and implementing musical ideas.
He regularly runs masterclasses for promising new recorder players at music schools, festivals or various annual events. The summer course in Arosa has become a fixed part of Steger’s schedule, as have the public lectures at the Stockstadt Recorder Festival.
Guest professorships and masterclasses regularly take Steger to universities and conservatories across the world. The most recent destinations include Taipei, Sydney, Nuremberg, Zurich, London, Colorado, New York, Montreal, Salzburg.
Maurice Steger’s comprehensive educational project “Tino Flautino” – musical storytelling for children, is also of the utmost importance to him. Helping to transmit a love of music to the youngest of listeners is another vital aspect of the artist’s work. In Switzerland and neighbouring countries, countless children have already had the chance to hear the exciting tales of Tino Flautino. At the time of writing, the episode “Tino Flautino and Leo the Tomcat” is all set to go and will be launched in various languages in summer 2018. Other projects initiated by Steger that focus on supporting children and young people are Pinocchio and the recorder player and Le fou des flûtes.
Maurice Steger has been and is still a jury member at numerous competitions (SJMW, MOECK Competition London, German Music Competition, Montreal, EUROVISION Young Musicians) and music stipend auditions.
The recorder, in particular, takes centre stage in several booklets and books Steger has published (MOECK, Accanthus, Tre Fontane, Lehrmittelverlag) for youthful music makers. Maurice Steger has been the musical director of the Gstaad Baroque Academy since 2013, in collaboration with the Menuhin Festival. Here, he has the wonderful opportunity to focus intensely on selecting some of the world’s most excellent recorder players and to help these young musicians to develop, to support and to accompany them in a meaningful way into the future.
In his role as professor, Steger also fosters instrumental mastery of the recorder and every year invites important fellow lecturers (Goebel, Perl, Antonini, Bezuidenhout, Frey, Postinghel, Caminiti) to develop the widest possible range of musical approaches. Many of those studying under Steger have been attending for several years and are some of the most distinguished interpreters among the young generation of players. Happily, the class now also boasts many international prize winners who are continually setting new standards.