Leading pianist specialising in contemporary repertoire and writer Stephen Pruslin was born in New York. He was a pupil of the late Edward Steuermann, and at 22 was appointed Lecturer in Music at Princeton University. He now lives in London. He has recently recorded contemporary works for composers in New York and for Saga Records in London, and has presented the premier performances of many works including the recent Webern discovery klavierstuck and hymnos by Peter Maxwell Davies-the virtuoso piano part which was written specially for him. As soloist and as a member of the Pierrot Players he has played in most of the major European capitals and at the International Festivals of Venice/Zagreb/Warsaw/Prague and Spoleto. His libretto Punch-n-Judy - set to music by Harrison Birtwistlewas commissioned by the English Opera Group who performed the work at the 1968 Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals and in 1969 at Sadlers Wells. A new production introduced the opera to America earlier this year and the libretto has now been translated into German for further productions in Europe. His libretto for Harrison Birtwistle's Punch and Judy was described by WH Auden as 'one of the most outstanding and original opera texts of the century'.