Seattle native Stephen Swanson joined the Double Bass section of the Spokane Symphony in 2005. He attended the University of North Texas and Northwestern University, and has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Illinois Philharmonic. An avid performer of contemporary music, Stephen was invited by Pierre Boulez to attend the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland from 2004 to 2008.
Also active in early music, Stephen has performed on the Viola da Gamba with Allegro Baroque and the Chicago Early Music Consort. He began playing the Gamba as an undergraduate at the University of North Texas, and continued his studies at Northwestern University with legendary gambist Mary Springfels. As a student at Northwestern, Stephen helped found the Chicago Early Music Consort and also performed with the San Francisco Early Music Society. Since joining the Spokane Symphony in 2005 Stephen has performed on many occasions with Allegro Baroque, as well as at the Northwest Bach Festival. His 2007 performance of Bach's Sonata in D Major with Allegro Baroque was hailed as "elegant and moving" by the Spokesman-Review.
Stephen is married to Spokane Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Jeanne Bourgeois.