Sloane, Steven

Steven Sloane

Steven Sloane (born 1958) is an American conductor, currently based in Germany.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Sloane developed an interest in conducting at age 16.[1] He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in music. Separately, he also took conducting lessons with Eugene Ormandy, Franco Ferrara and Gary Bertini. Sloane lived and worked for much of the 1980s in Israel.[1]

From 1989 to 1994, Sloane was First Kapellmeister at the Frankfurt Opera. He has been music director of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra since 1994. During that time he was also a big supporter for the decision to build the new Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, which was opened in October 2016. Sloane was Music Director of Opera North from 1999 to 2002. He was principal conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2013.

In the USA, Sloane was music director of the Spoleto Festival USA from 1996 to 2000. In November 2000, Sloane was named music director of the American Composers Orchestra, effective with the 2002-2003 season.[2] This appointment was unusual in that Sloane had never conducted the orchestra prior to his appointment, although he did meet several of the orchestra's musicians during their music director search prior to his appointment.[1] Sloane did not conduct the orchestra for the first time until March 2002.[3] He formally began his tenure with the orchestra in November 2002.,[4] and concluded his tenure with the orchestra in 2006.

Sloane is married to the violist Tabea Zimmermann.[5] The couple have a daughter, Maya, born in 2003.


  1. ^ a b c Allan Kozinn (2002-11-01). "New Man for New Music: A Debut for an International Commuter". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  2. ^ Anthony Tommasini (2000-11-04). "American Composers Names a Music Director". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  3. ^ Anthony Tommasini (2002-03-14). "Orchestra vs. Ensemble, Amplification Included". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  4. ^ Anthony Tommasini (2002-11-05). "Show of Ambition for New Conductor". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  5. ^ Rolf Hartmann (2011-02-09). "Bochums Musikdirektor Steven Sloane plant Umzug nach Berlin". Der Westen. Retrieved 2016-02-29.