Stephen Preston is one of the leading musicians in the development of early music performance in the United Kingdom and Europe, and one of its most respected figures. Preston is also performing and developing new music and contemporary techniques for the baroque flute. He was described as “a genius” after a recent broadcast in which he gave the world premiere of a new work specially written for him. Through his ground-breaking work with historical flutes and solo, ensemble, and orchestral performances and recordings, he established a world-wide reputation and an international career. His area of expertise extends from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and he is as at home with the music of Bach and Mozart as he is with Schubert and Weber. The emphasis of Preston’s work is always on performance practice as a way of realizing the highest degree of musical potential in the performer. His work as a choreographer of historical dance gives him a distinctive insight into the dance music of the baroque and classical periods. He has many years’ experience working with the widest range of students and professional instrumentalists and singers. Stephen Preston’s teaching philosophy extends beyond the narrow boundaries of stylistic performance and he is equally successful whether working with period performers or with modern instrumentalists and singers. His favorite project has been to work with one of America’s most eminent chamber ensembles, the New Century Saxophone Quartet, on its highly praised recording of Bach’s Art of Fugue. Preston lectures, teaches, and coaches at Britain’s four leading music academies, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.