Through his solo recitals and performances, pianist and Arizona native Stephen Cook has performed nationwide as well as abroad to popular and critical acclaim.
When Cook met Harold C. Shonberg, former head music critic for the New York Times and best selling author, Shonberg said "don't try to impress me, I'm not easily impressed." After Cook performed the Eb minor Scherzo of Brahms, Shonberg stated simply, "I'm impressed."; He went on to hail Cook's interpretation of this rarely performed work as the only that had ever convinced him.
Cook has performed in cities including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In addition, he has concertized in Italy and Japan. His performances have been televised on such programs as WTTW's Chicago Tonight and on South Bend Indiana public television's documentary Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way. He has also been heard on KBAQ Phoenix Classical Radio and performed live on WFMT Radio Chicago.
Hailed for his dynamic approach to concertizing, Dr. Cook has thrilled audiences with synergistic displays of music, art and poetry including multimedia performances of Rachmaninoff's complete Etudes-Tableaux op.39 and Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit.
He has received many awards recognizing his accomplishments including scholarships and top prizes in national and international piano competitions.
A student of luminary pianists Eteri Andjaparidze and Robert Hamilton, he completed his Doctoral studies at Arizona State University while serving on the piano faculty at Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix.
Passionate about community outreach and cultural development, Cook is founder and Artistic Director of The Oracle Piano Society, a nonprofit music festival emphasizing artistic fusion.