Stephen Schultz, called “among the most flawless artists on the baroque flute” by the San Jose Mercury News and “flute extraordinaire” by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, is solo and co-Principal flutist with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and performs with other leading early music groups, such as Musica Angelica of Los Angeles, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Chatham Baroque, and American Bach Soloists.
Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe and North America with featured appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Göttingen International Handel Festival, Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Tage Alter Musik Festival, Regensburg, Germany, Berkeley Early Music Festival, Monadnock Music, J. Paul Getty Museum Summer Series, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, San Jose Chamber Music Society, and the Nakamichi Early Music Festival.
A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Netherland, Schultz also holds several degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and San Francisco State University. Currently he is an Associate Teaching Professor in Music History and Flute at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Orchestra. Schultz’s engaging teaching style has left its mark at California State University at Long Beach and Sacramento, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Holy Names College, University of Southern California, and University of California at Davis and Los Angeles. Mr. Schultz is also a featured faculty member of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Flute Master Class at Carnegie Mellon University and at the International Baroque Institute at Longy School of Music.
In 1986, Mr. Schultz founded the original instrument ensemble, American Baroque. This unique group brings together some of America’s most accomplished and exciting baroque instrumentalists, with the purpose of defining a new, modern genre for historical instruments. The group’s adventurous programs combine 18th-century music with new works, composed for the group through collaborations and commissions from American composers. Collaborations with such artists and composers as Rudy Rucker, Jonathan Berger, Carl Stone, and the Common Sense Composers Collective have yielded an unprecedented number of commissioned works written specifically for the group’s instruments. The ensemble remains the only U.S. chamber ensemble committed to performing both new music and 18th-century works on historical instruments, while continuing to explore the issues raised by both genres, old and new.
As solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Schultz appears on nearly 50 recordings for such labels as Dorian, Naxos, Harmonia Mundi USA, New Albion, Amon Ra, and Koch International Classics. Schultz has produced and edited 40 CDs for his colleagues and has also performed and recorded with world music groups such as D’CuCKOO and Haunted By Waters, using his electronically processed baroque flute to develop alternative sounds that are unique to his instrument. In 2006, the Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith wrote “Traverso Mistico” for Schultz. It is scored for electric baroque flute, solo cello, and chamber orchestra and was given its world premiere at Carnegie Mellon University in April 2006.