Steven Becknell, horn

 

Steve Becknell picSteven Becknell is currently principal horn of the Los Angeles Opera. He was a member of the Los AngelesChamber Orchestra for eight years and has performed with many of the orchestras in the Southern California area, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Active in the Hollywood recording studios, he has played on over a thousand different motion pictures and television shows, and has recorded with such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, and Josh Groban. As a chamber musician, Steven has been the principal horn with the Santa Barbara-based Camerata Pacifica for the last fifteen years, and has performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Mainly Mozart Festival.

Steven comes from a musical family in which both his parents were professional musicians. He began playing piano at age 5 and took up the horn by age 12. He holds music degrees from both the University of Wisconsin and the University of Southern California, where he studied under Vince Derosa. Steven is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California.