Mark Stephenson is an English conductor. When he was only 21, he was auditioned as a cellist for Maestro Riccardo Muti and The Philharmonia. Since 1992 he has appeared as a guest conductor in the UK and abroad with many leading orchestras, including BBC Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest den Haag, Het Gelders Orkest, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orqestra Nacional do Porto, Mostar Sinfonietta and the Kennedy Centre Opera Orchestra.
His 1989 debut recording of Arnold Concertos was Record of The Week in The Sunday Times; his recording of music by Andrzej Panufnik was CD Review Classical CD of the Month. His second Arnold album was a BBC Magazine CD of The Year in 1990 and his Prokofiev recording in 1991 was Record of the Week in The Sunday Times.
In February 2008 Peter & The Wolf won the Oscar and Mark Stephenson conducts the next London live orchestra screening at The Royal Festival Hal.
Peter & the Wolf is a short Polish-British-Norwegian model animation film released in 2006 and is set to the music Sergei Prokofiev wrote for the story in 1936. The film has no vocals but relies on music and action to tell the story.
One day Peter went out of the garden gate and saw a duck swimming in a nearby pond. The duck was arguing with a little bird. Peter saw a cat approaching and warned the little bird flying up into a tree. Soon a wolf appeared from the woods. The cat climbed up a tree to escape the wolf, but the hungry wolf swallowed the duck. Peter got a rope and climbed over the garden wall into a tree. The bird distracted the wolf by flying over his head while Peter lowered a noose and catched the wolf by his tail. Hunters then came out of the woods and fire at the wolf but Peter stoped them. They brought together the wolf to the zoo and at the end, the duck could be heard quacking in the wolf's stomach.
Peter and the Wolf has won several awards, including the Academy Award (the Oscar) in 2008 for Best Animated Short Film.
Mindaugas Piečaiti is a Lithuanian composer and conductor who gained international attention as the composer and conductor of a chamber orchestra piece CATcerto featuring a performance by Nora, a cat who plays the piano.