Excerpt from Tippett, Sonata No. 1 (4th movement)
Admirably conducted... Savage obviously knows “Songs for Dov” inside out, and his direction of this performance was taut, idiomatic and thoroughly effective
The newly formed Griffith University Ensemble under the distinguished direction of Stephen Savage made [an] impressive debut...this ensemble is an important initiative...and their meticulous negotiation of this difficult and unforgiving score was an object lesson in the performance of contemporary music.
Richard Mills in the Brisbane Review
Stephen Savage began his conducting activity when he was invited by Edwin Roxburgh to assist in the running of the RCM's Twentieth Century Ensemble. He was co-Director for over ten years, preparing and conducting this student group in a wide range of important and representative music of the last hundred years. Highlights included the first-ever student performance of Stockhausen's Gruppen, Lutoslawski's Preludes and Fugue (for the composer) Berio's Laborintus and Ligeti's Chamber Concerto.
In Australia he took charge of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Queensland Conservatorium for 15 years from 1985 and also founded and conducted the Griffith University Ensemble which presented leading composers introducing and performing their works, and gave concerts which were broadcast nationally.
Stephen Savage has over 25 years of training young ensembles in the performance of some of the most characteristic music of the past hundred years and would be pleased to consider further opportunities.