Stefan Cunningham

Stefan Cunningham

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Flute


Born in Edinburgh, Stefan is a London-based flautist. As a teenager he was very fortunate to have studied flute in Scotland with Katherine Wake (Edinburgh) and with Sheena Gordon at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Department (Glasgow). He read music at King’s College London, and has just commenced his postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the Orchestral Artistry course, under the direction of Sarah Newbold, Philippa Davies and Ian Clarke.

As an Orchestral player he is formerly the Principal Flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. During his two years with the NYO Stefan broadcasted frequently on BBC Radio 3, performed at the BBC Proms, recorded with the Chandos Label, and went on an international tour to the Berlioz Festival in France. Upon his appointment to principal he also enjoyed participating in a ‘side-by-side’ project with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in their ‘RCO meets Europe’ programme, culminating in a joint performance at the Barbican. Part of this experience also included the filming of a short documentary for Dutch television about the side-by-side experience, and the relationship between classical music and young people in the UK. He was also a member of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, and is currently involved in projects with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist Stefan has performed in the final of the Edinburgh Competition Festival, with the RCS Junior Department, with the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra and most recently with Lavenham Sinfonia (Suffolk).

During his time at university Stefan focused much of his attention to musical direction. Having worked with most of the student music societies, most notably he was elected in 2018 to be the assistant conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, where he was mentored by Jonathan Lo (of Northern Ballet and X’ian Symphony Orchestra). He continues his conducting studies at GSMD.


Musicians’ Company Award: GSMD Orchestral Artistry Scholar 2019

Page Updated: Dec 2019

Photo Credit: Liz Isles