Stephen Siek
Pianist and Teacher

STEPHEN SIEK has concertized extensively throughout America, and he made his London debut in 1988. For over thirty years he served as a professor of music at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he taught not only piano, but music history, American music, the aesthetics of music, and film music. He has also performed and lectured at piano conferences throughout the world for organizations such as the Historical Keyboard Society of America and the American Liszt Society, and in July of 2015 he performed in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for an international conference devoted to Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. He has released an acclaimed recording of The Philadelphia Sonatas of Alexander Reinagle (c. 1750-1809) on the Titanic label, and a selection from that disc may be accessed here.

A former president of the American Matthay Association, Dr. Siek is considered an expert on the teachings of British pianist Tobias Matthay, and is the author of England's Piano Sage: The Life and Teachings of Tobias Matthay, published by Scarecrow Press in 2012. More information about this book may be accessed by clicking here or by clicking on the cover image at the bottom of this page. His most recent book is A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist, published by Rowman & Littlefield in November of 2016, and more information about that book may be accessed by clicking here or by clicking on the cover image at the bottom of this page. He holds bachelor of music and master of music degrees in piano from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Stewart Gordon, and his additional piano studies were undertaken with Donald Hageman, Frank Mannheimer, and Denise Lassimonne. He also holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. A well-known adjudicator in many competitions, he most recently served as a judge for the Steinway/Avanti Future Stars Competition, held in February 2017 at Arizona State University (pictured below).

Senior Division winner Jarom Martineau receives a copy of A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist from author and judge Stephen Siek as a gift honoring his first prize in the Steinway/Avanti Future Stars Competition at Arizona State University on February 18, 2017. Junior Division winner Morgan Beckstead, who is pictured at far right, also received a copy of the Dictionary. Also pictured (from left) are Caio Pagano, Professor and President of the Avanti Fund, and Abriana Church, who also placed in the Senior Division. (Photo courtesy of Délio Martins)