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Major record contract
In 1988 with the support of leading musicians, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, he formed London Musici and following the orchestra's London concert debut a major recording contract was offered by Conifer Records (now Sony/BMG). His 1989 debut recording with London Musici of Arnold Concertos was Record of The Week in The Sunday Times.

Further critical acclaim followed with his recording of music by Andrzej Panufnik was CD Review Classical CD of the Month and his second Arnold album was a BBC Magazine CD of The Year in 1990. His Prokofiev recording in 1991 was Record of the Week in The Sunday Times. His 1989 recording of excerpts from Handel's Messiah featured Bryn Terfel and John Mark Ainsley as soloists was re-released on the Classic FM label in 2000. Many of his recording projects have been linked to concerts at St John's Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has also recorded for Silva Classics, Campion and JVC (Japan).

Guest Conducting
Since 1992 he has guest conducted the BBC Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest den Haag, Gelders Orkest, Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia (Polish Chamber Orchestra), San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orqestra Nacional do Porto, Mostar Sinfonietta and the Kennedy Centre Opera Orchestra.

In 2006 he conducts both the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and will appear with a wide range of orchestras internationally. He has conducted performances with leading soloists including Angelika Kirchschlager (top right), Priya Mitchell, Sergei Leferkus, Bryn Terfel, Inessa Galante, Michael Chance, Chantal Juillet, Michael Collins, Andrzej Bauer, Andrew Marriner, John Wallace, John Harle and Richard Watkins. He has commissioned works from Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Sally Beamish, Julian Anderson and have worked closely on performances and recordings with Sir Andrzej Panufnik, Sir Malcolm Arnold, George Benjamin and H.K. Gruber.

International work

Poland
In 1989 Mark Stephenson conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Warsaw Autumn Festival for a celebration concert to mark Panufnik's return to Poland after over 30 years exile. This led to invitations to conduct London Musici in Warsaw by Polish Radio & TV in a memorial concert for Panufnik in 1991 and later to conduct the Sinfonia Varsovia (1993) and Warsaw Philharmonic (2001).

Portugal
Following the end of Jan Latham Koenig's tenure as music director of the Orqestra Nacional do Porto he worked extensively with the orchestra during 1995-98 introducing audiences to the music of Malcolm Arnold and Andrzej Panufnik as well as conducting the music of Portuguese composers such as Carlos Seixas and Bom Tempo. In 1998 he commissioned a work for the Orqestra Nacional do Porto A Mort De Ines De Castro from the young Portuguese composer Nuno Malo, now a leading film music composer based in Hollywood.

USA
In 2000 he was invited to conduct London Musici to accompany Paul Taylor Dance Company (bottom right) at Sadler's Wells Theatre and conducted for them again in Washington DC and London in April and May 2003. He also conducted Houston Ballet in Washington and was subsequently invited to the Whitehouse with Paul Taylor to meet the First Lady.

Rambert Dance Company
Created only long-term partnership between a chamber orchestra and contemporary dance company.

In 1994 the choreographer Christopher Bruce appointed Mark Stephenson Music Director of Rambert Dance Company with London Musici as Associate Orchestra. In 1995 he commissioned three new ballet scores from JulianAnderson, Adam Gorb and Roxanna Panufnik. He conducted the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for Rambert's performances at the UN Festival of Dance in San Francisco of Christopher Bruce's ballet Meeting Point choreographed to Michael Nyman's score Where The Bee Dances. He has conducted for world-class choreographers including Jiri KyliÓn, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Robert Cohan, Martha Clarke, Per Jonsson, Matthew Hawkins, Didi Veldman and Mark Baldwin. London Musici won a TimeOut Award for Outstanding Achievement In Dance in 2004 and has given over 1000 performances with Rambert since 1994. It plays to 58,000 people annually with Rambert, the only orchestral collaboration to this extent in Contemporary Dance internationally.

National Award
In 2000 in recognition of his development of new audiences for classical music and his music education work he won a £20,000 Creative Britons Award (400 UK nominations, sponsored by Prudential and Arts & Business)


 
       
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