Robert Machray Ward Chair
Principal Tuba Steven Campbell, a native of Texas, assumed his current post in fall 2005, after having performed with the Minnesota Orchestra on its 2004 European tour and in numerous subscription concerts. He performed two solos with the Orchestra during the 2010-11 season: Torbjörn Lundquist’s Landscape for Tuba and String Orchestra at subscription concerts and George Kleinsinger’s Tubby the Tuba at education and family concerts.
Inspired by his parents, who are both musicians, Campbell became interested in music at an early age; his first teacher was his father, also a tuba player. Campbell went on to study at the University of Houston with David Kirk of the Houston Symphony, then completed his bachelor of music degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston, studying with former Boston Symphony musician Chester Schmitz.
While in Boston, Campbell performed regularly with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras and was a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Vermont Symphony.
In 1997 Campbell joined the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia in La Coruña, Spain, where he played for two years. Upon his return to the United States, Campbell was a fellow with the New World Symphony before joining the New Mexico Symphony, where he served as principal tuba for four years. During his tenure in New Mexico, Campbell also performed with the Seattle and Colorado Symphonies and the Seattle Opera. In 2004-05, the season before he joined the Minnesota Orchestra, Campbell was principal tuba of the Milwaukee Symphony.
Campbell has participated in many music festivals, including Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA and Moab Music Festival, and has performed chamber music with such ensembles as Proteus 7 and the Empire Brass Quintet. In summer 2006 he performed Victor Ewald’s Brass Quintet No. 3 in a Sommerfest chamber concert.
Campbell is also an educator. He is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota and has given master classes and lectures in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Michelle, and their son, Rowen.