Stephen is a performing artist dedicated to the performance, creation and public appreciation of 21st century and new western classical music, performance art and sound art. Their performance practice primarily focusses on Piano Performance; using compositional lineages, however disparate or historically constructed, as a means of cultivating public music appreciation. Stephen also enjoys Performance-Sound Art; protest music, works that challenge status quo, and music/sounds that engage with the socio-political questions and injustices of today. Stephen’s compositional practice draws from a mixed education; Stockhausen, Hyper-pop, Soundscape, Raw/unprocessed Sound, Björk, Gender-fluidity and queerness, Anti-Respectability, Authenticity, Sounds as Referential Objects, and New Conceptualism. Mx. Eckert has performed throughout Canada, the United States and all over internet platforms.
Growing up in the rural town of Kippens, Newfoundland, Canada, Stephen cultivated a deep love of land, flora, fauna, ocean, and systems of interdependence. They attended Memorial University of Newfoundland where they obtained a BMus (Hons) in Piano Performance and Composition (2019), studying with Kristina Szutor and Andrew Staniland. Stephen graduated at the top of their class, winning the university medal of academic excellence in music. Stephen went on to complete their MMus and Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance at uOttawa (2021) with David Jalbert and Leopoldo Erice, where they won the Nicole Senécal Emerging Artist Prize. In 2022, Stephen will begin their DMA in Contemporary Music Performance at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where they study with Dr. Solungga Liu.
Mx. Eckert’s participation in Orford Music, the Atlantic Music Festival, Seattle Piano Institute, the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, SoundSCAPE, ScotiaFest and SICPP exposed them to some of today’s most prominent pedagogues. As a professional, Stephen has appeared in numerous solo piano recitals, chamber music concerts, choral engagements, and opera productions. Stephen was the musical director of the 2019 MUN Opera Roadshow Tour, appeared in the 2018 and 2019 Newfound Music Festival as a lecturer-performer, the 2019 Wintertide Festival, and gave recitals in the 2018 Gros Morne Summer Music Festival. More recently, Stephen performed at venues such as the NAC 4th Stage, Debaser’s multi-disciplinary mega event “Pique” in the Ottawa Art Gallery, as a composer-performer with Ensemble Allure and John Barton for Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2022 spring launch, and at the City Hall of Ottawa for Chamberfest.