Stephen Fitzpatrick started playing the
piano at the age of four, and three years later
commenced with harp studies. After initial lessons in his native North
Wales, he was
accepted as a student at the Royal College of Music in London with
Further studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Edward
privately with Sarah Bullen in Chigago culminated with a performance
addition to the degree and teaching diploma already attained in London.
As an orchestral musician, Stephen has been principal harpist with the
Orchestra, co-principal harpist at the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra and
Symphony Orchestra, guest principal at the Swedish Radio Symphony
Stockholm and in 2000 he was chosen by Daniel Barenboim to be Principal
Harpist at the
Staatskapelle Berlin. From 2007 to 2014, he was harpist at
Festspielorchester. He has freelanced with many world class orchestras,
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and La
and was regularly invited by Christoph von DohnyŠni to be Guest
Principal Harpist at the
NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg.
Stephen has been active as a chamber musician and soloist throughout
Europe. He has
given solo recitals in England, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and as
various chamber music ensembles has given numerous tours throughout
Spain. He is committed to contemporary music and has given critically
performances of works by living composers.
He has been invitied to be a jury member with many important
competitions such as the
ARD Music Competition, Deutsche Musikwettbewerb and the International
Competition in Szeged and is also regularly invited to be jury member
for auditions with
internatinally renowned orchestras.
Stephen was invited by Daniel Barenboim to be a founder member of the
Boulez Ensemble, which gave its debut performance for the inauguration
of the Pierre
Boulez Saal in Berlin in 2016.
Stephen was member of the harp faculty at the Hochschule fŁr Musik Hanns
Berlin from 2008-2011 and Professor for Harp at the Barenboim-Said
Academy in Seville
from 2004-2011. In 2010, he was appointed Professor of Harp at the
Salzburg and from 2018 he will be a teaching regularly at the Royal
College of Music in