Described as ‘one of Australia's foremost pianists’, Stephanie McCallum has enjoyed an international career of over thirty years, appearing on over forty CDs (including seventeen solo CDs) and in hundreds of live solo and concerto performances. Playing a wide repertoire, she is especially noted for her performances of virtuosic music, particularly the music of Liszt and Alkan, and also for her advocacy of demanding contemporary solo and ensemble scores. Her CDs have received widespread national and international acclaim.
Stephanie studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexander Sverjensky and Gordon Watson and then in England with Alkan expert, Ronald Smith. Her critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut in 1982 contained what is believed to be the first performance of Alkan’s Chants, Op. 70, and she also later made the premiere recording of this work. Also credited with the first complete performance of Alkan’s Trois Grandes Études, Op. 76 in London, she has appeared as a soloist and lecture-recitalist in the United Kingdom, France and Australia and toured Europe with the Alpha Centauri Ensemble. Stephanie’s activities also include invited residencies for teaching, master classes, book reviews, conference presentations, lectures and pre-concert talks for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra International Pianists Series.