Steven Becknell

Adjunct Instructor

  • Program:
    Winds and Percussion
  • Division:
    Classical Performance and Composition
  • Instrument:
    French Horn


Steven Becknell is currently principal horn of the Los Angeles Opera. He was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for eight years and has performed with many of the orchestras in the Southern California area, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Active in the Hollywood recording studios, he has played on over a thousand different motion pictures and television shows, and has recorded with such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Barry Manilow, and Josh Groban. As a chamber musician, Becknell has been the principal horn with the Santa Barbara-based Camerata Pacifica for many years, and has performed at both the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Mainly Mozart Festival.

BecknellĀ comes from a musical family; both his parents were professional musicians. He began playing piano at age five and took up the horn by age 12. He earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Music from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied under Vince Derosa.

Academic degrees

  • M.M., USC Thornton School of Music
  • B.M., University of Wisconsin