Associate Professor Stephanie McCallum

Program Leader of Postgraduate Coursework; Associate Professor of Piano

Described as ‘one of Australia’s foremost pianists’, Stephanie McCallum has enjoyed an international career of over thirty years, appearing on over forty CDs (including seventeen solo CDs) and in hundreds of live solo and concerto performances. Playing a wide repertoire, she is especially noted for her performances of virtuosic music, particularly the music of Liszt and Alkan, and also for her advocacy of demanding contemporary solo and ensemble scores. Her CDs have received widespread national and international acclaim.
Stephanie studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexander Sverjensky and Gordon Watson and then in England with Alkan expert, Ronald Smith. Her critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut in 1982 contained what is believed to be the first [...]

Described as ‘one of Australia’s foremost pianists’, Stephanie McCallum has enjoyed an international career of over thirty years, appearing on over forty CDs (including seventeen solo CDs) and in hundreds of live solo and concerto performances. Playing a wide repertoire, she is especially noted for her performances of virtuosic music, particularly the music of Liszt and Alkan, and also for her advocacy of demanding contemporary solo and ensemble scores. Her CDs have received widespread national and international acclaim.
Stephanie studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexander Sverjensky and Gordon Watson and then in England with Alkan expert, Ronald Smith. Her critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut in 1982 contained what is believed to be the first performance of Alkan’s Chants, Op. 70, and she also later made the premiere recording of this work. Also credited with the first complete performance of Alkan’s Trois Grandes Études, Op. 76 in London, she has appeared as a soloist and lecture-recitalist in the United Kingdom, France and Australia and toured Europe with the Alpha Centauri Ensemble. Stephanie’s activities also include invited residencies for teaching, master classes, book reviews, conference presentations, lectures and pre-concert talks for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra International Pianists Series.

Her many festival appearances as soloist include Sydney, Brighton, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, and Sydney Spring Festivals. Stephanie was a founding member of AustraLYSIS and founder/joint artistic director of the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. She has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, ELISION, the Australia Ensemble, Halcyon and currently appears with Kammer Ensemble. Stephanie appears in ensemble on many CDs and as a soloist on the Sydney Alpha Ensemble CDs: Strange Attractions, and Clocks (featuring works of Elena Kats-Chernin). In 2000, she gave the world premiere with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra of Kats-Chernin’s concerto Displaced Dances which was written for her, and has repeated the work with the Adelaide and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
With the release in 2006 of a two-CD set of Alkan’s Op.39 Douze études dans tous les tons mineurs, (described by Hugh Macdonald as ‘the Alps and the Himalayas of pianism, the one superimposed on the other’) she became the first pianist to have recorded all Alkan’s studies in the major and the minor keys. Stephanie’s live performances of the Symphony and Concerto for piano solo have been described as ‘titanic’, ‘awe-inspiring’, ‘stupendous’ and ‘virtuosic pianism of the highest calibre’.
Two new CDs containing Alkan’s five books of Chants and previously unrecorded works appeared in 2013 on Toccata Classics. For recordings and reviews, please visit Stephanie’s website: www.stephaniemccallum.com

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Areas of Study

Piano

Phone

612-935-11225

Location

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music