Composer In Residence

Stephen Goss writes communicative and accessible music that draws freely on a number of styles and genres.

Sometimes allusions to the music that inspires him are disguised—perhaps only a rhythm or harmony is retained—sometimes they dazzle the ear with unexpected juxtapositions.
Steve's music receives hundreds of performances worldwide each year and has been recorded on over 40 CDs by more than a dozen record labels, including EMI, Decca, Telarc, Virgin Classics, Naxos, Mercury Classics and Deutsche Grammophon. Recent commissions have come from: guitarists David Russell and Xuefei Yang, cellist Natalie Clein, flautist William Bennett, and The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Steve's Albéniz Concerto (2009) for guitar and orchestra was released to great critical acclaim on EMI Classics in November 2010. His collaborative project with Prof. Charles Jencks, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (2005), for violin, cello, bass clarinet and piano, was profiled on The South Bank Show on ITV1. Five of Steve's arrangements feature on Milos Karadaglic's new album Latino, currently No. 1 in the specialist classical chart.

Projects for 2012 included; a new guitar concerto for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, works for guitarist John Williams (City of London Festival), violinist Nicola Benedetti, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and a piano concerto for Emmanuel Despax. This season he is composer-in-residence for the Orpheus Sinfonia. In 2013/14 John Williams will be performing Steve's Guitar Concerto in Australia, America and throughout the UK.

Stephen Goss studied at the Royal Academy of Music (where he won the Julian Bream Prize) and the Universities of Bristol and London (where he completed his doctorate). His composition teachers were Edward Gregson, Robert Saxton, Peter Dickinson and Anthony Payne, and he studied guitar with Michael Lewin.

After six years on the staff at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Steve is now Professor of Music and Head of Composition at the University of Surrey, and a Professor of Guitar at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is an Arsenal season ticket holder.


"Welsh composer Stephen Goss draws on a variety of sources for his eminently listenable music. Despite the eclectic nature of his influences, which range from Beethoven's late piano music to the films of former Python Terry Gilliam, Goss's musical language comes across as brilliantly integrated"

International Record Review