Steve Becknell


The son of professional musicians, Steven began playing piano at the age of five, later picking up the horn by age twelve.  After winning several horn competitions and a full university scholarship, Steven turned his full attention to the horn.

At age 22, Steven moved to Southern California to study with Hollywood studio legend Vince DeRosa at the University of Southern California, and began working professionally while still in school.  He has played in orchestras throughout Southern California including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, and was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for eight years.  But the bulk of Steven’s time was spent recording in the Hollywood studios.  To date, he has played on over 1,000 different motion pictures (including the three most recent Star Wars films), numerous television series, video games, and even the recorded music for theme parks such as Disneyland.  Steven has played live for the Academy Awards and has had the honor of recording with such legendary artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow and Rosemary Clooney.

Steven has been playing principal horn with the Los Angeles Opera for over 25 years.  In 2010 he performed all the offstage and pit solos of Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle, the first time it had ever been produced in Southern California.  To date, Steven has played over 1,500 performances with the Los Angeles Opera. Steven has also performed chamber music extensively in the Los Angeles area, and has participated in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival in San Diego.  He is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California, and recently published the ground-breaking book for horn, Etudes from the Repertoire, already being used by universities and conservatories world-wide.