The son of professional musicians, Steven Becknell 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. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with Douglas Hill.
At age 22, Steven moved to Southern California to study with Vince DeRosa at USC, but 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 8 years. But the bulk of Steven’s time was spent recording in the Hollywood studios. To date, he has played on well over 1,000 different motion pictures and numerous television series. 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 Josh Groban.
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 is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California.