Stephen Eckert is a pianist, composer, sound artist and pedagogue from Kippens, Newfoundland, who completed their MMus in Piano Performance at uOttawa (2021) with David Jalbert and a BMus (Hons) in Piano Performance and Composition at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2019) with Kristina Szutor and Andrew Staniland. Upon graduation of their MMus, Stephen was awarded the Nicole Senécal Emerging Artist Prize and is currently working towards completing a Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance at uOttawa.
Mx. Eckert has participated in various summer festivals such as the Orford Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Seattle Piano Institute, the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, the SoundSCAPE Festival, and New England Conservatory's SICPP exposing them to some of today’s most prominent pedagogues.
Stephen has appeared in solo recitals, with chamber groups, choirs, and as the pianist and musical director of the 2019 MUN Opera Roadshow Tour. Stephen appeared in the 2018/19 Newfound Music Festival as a lecturer and performer, as an invited recitalist in the 2018 Gros Morne Summer Music Festival and the 2019 Wintertide Festival, in the Night Music series of Sound Symposium, and was featured in Mado Christie's Prelude concert for the 2019 Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival.
Stephen is an artist dedicated to contemporary music and in 2020, co-founded the Phase Ensemble; an ensemble born during the Covid-19 pandemic comprised of Ottawa-based musicians that produce online new music concerts. Stephen also co-founded the Nova Collective in 2018, a Newfoundland-based group of music students dedicated to the performance of music from the past century that encourages a casual and educational approach to public performances. Stephen has premiered many works including their own in various festivals such as the 2018 Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, 2020 Orford Contemporary Ensemble, through Phase Ensemble and Nova Collective performances, and regularly collaborates with composer colleagues. Most recently Stephen performed "Self-Baptism", a piece for piano, electronics and theatrical elements like a dripping blood bag, at Pique, winter edition in 2021, presented by Debaser. Stephen has presented music theory research in the 2018 Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival and musicological work at the 2019 Gros Morne Summer Music Festival. Upon their BMus graduation, Stephen was awarded the University Medal for Academic Excellence.
This August, Mx. Eckert is excited to announce they will be heading to Bowling Green State University to begin their DMA in Contemporary Music Performance in Bowling Green, Ohio.