Meet The Performers

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Bass

Stephen Lester

Bass

Stephen Lester has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1978. Before that, he played two seasons with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Chicago, Steve started his professional career playing with the Grant Park Symphony, while attending Northwestern University. Before joining the Milwaukee Symphony, he also played two seasons with the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A member of the faculty at Roosevelt University for nineteen years, Lester enjoys an active schedule of chamber and solo performances, as well as teaching. He also currently serves as chairman of the Orchestra Members Committee.

Besides enjoying traveling, either on his own or with the Orchestra, his hobbies and nonprofessional activities include: reading history, trying to find time to exercise, and traveling with his wife, Rachel, a violinist in the Orchestra.

September 2012

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