DePaul University School of Music
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Balderston participates in clinics, chamber music concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. In recent years, Balderston has performed with Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Menahem Pressler, Gil Shaham and Pinchas Zukerman. He debuted as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bobby McFerrin during the 1999-2000 season. He has been a featured artist at the Ravinia Festival, Bargemusic and the Affinis Music Festival. Additionally, he has participated in the OK Mozart International Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and the International Music Festival in Shanghai, China. In August 2001, he served as Principal Cello at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He joined the DePaul School of Music faculty as Associate Professor of Cello after ten years as Assistant Principal Cello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the CSO, he was a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for ten years, where he performed as soloist under Leonard Slatkin and was an artist-in-residence at Washington University. Balderston began his studies on the cello with Gabor Rejto in his native southern California. He earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Lynn Harrell. He is a member of the American Chamber Players.