Pianist, Dr. Stephen Cook has dedicated his life to building culture through musical performance, education, and nonprofit leadership.
A student of luminary pianists Ursula Oppens, Robert Hamilton, and Eteri Andjaparidze, Cook trained at DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Arizona State University where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.
He has participated in masterclasses with legendary pianists Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Slobodyanik, Philip Kawin, and Alexander Toradze and is prizewinner of numerous competitions including the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, Klatzkin Contemporary Music Competition, Beverly Hills National Auditions, North Shore Musicians Club Competition, DePaul University's Concerto Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition, Arizona State University Concerto Competition, & Yamaha/Sherman Clay Young Artists Piano Competition.
A visionary pianist, Dr. Cook expands the traditional piano recital format with distinctive elements of artistic fusion. His innovative performance projects harmoniously merge music with visual arts, poetry, film, and even cuisine. He is also a founding member of the Oracle Piano Quartet and an annual guest artist of the Bermuda Piano Festival.
As an educator, Dr. Cook fosters appreciation for artistic tradition through the use of modern technology. He leads a large private piano studio and is founder and director of the Oracle Chamber Music Festival and the Oracle Online Conservatory.
Dr. Cook believes in the philanthropic power of music. His private piano recitals take place at senior living communities to honor our esteemed elderly population and he has served on the faculty of organizations which provide musical instruction to foster children and the disadvantaged population. His Oracle Online Conservatory offers barrier-free musical instruction for deserving students.
Passionate about community outreach and cultural development, Dr. Cook founded Oracle Piano Society in 2012. As the organization’s Artistic Director, he has brought together an impressive Artist Advisory Committee, empowered a passionate Board of Directors, and inspired an outpouring of local support. Now in its ninth year of operation, the Society has established a permanent venue called the Oracle Center for the Arts and is developing a new outdoor amphitheatre as part of its campus development plan. With its annual concert series, community chorale, chamber music festival, and online conservatory, Oracle Piano Society intends to become the next great American Music Festival in the tradition of Aspen, Ravinia, and Tanglewood.