Through his solo recitals and performances, pianist and Arizona native Dr. Stephen Cook has performed nationwide as well as abroad to popular and critical acclaim.
He has wowed the toughest of music critics such as Harold Shonberg from the New York Times who told Cook "Don't try to impress me, I'm not easily impressed" But after the performance of the E-flat minor Scherzo of Brahms, Shonberg simply stated, "I'm impressed" and went on to hail Cook's interpretation of this rarely performed work as the only one 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 Classical Radio, Phoenix, and WFMT Radio, Chicago.
Hailed for his dynamic approach to concertizing, Dr. Cook has thrilled audiences with synergistic displays of music, art, poetry, and film including multimedia performances of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39, and Maurice Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit."
He has received many awards recognizing his accomplishments including scholarships and top prizes in national and international competitions.
A student of luminary pianists Eteri Andjaparidze, and Robert Hamilton, Cook trained at DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Arizona State University where he earned his DOctor of Musical Arts Degree.
Passionate about community outreach and cultural development, Cook founded the Oracle Piano Society in 2012. He brings together an impressive Artist Advisory Committee, empowers a passionate Board of Directors, and inspires an outpouring of local support.