Stephan Pikarsky grew up in Syracuse, New York, where he studied piano with John Spradling. He is a two-time winner of the Civic MorningMusicals/Syracuse Symphony Youth Concerto Competition, which enabled him to debut with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12 performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, as well as the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major in 2006.
Stephen has won several other competitions including first place in every division of the Centrl New York Association of Music Teachers Advanced Piano Competition, the 2004 International Chopin Competition of the Thousand Islands, the 2004 Ithaca College Piano Competition, and the 2005 Geneseo Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition.
As a prizewinner of the 2005 World Piano Competition, Pikarsky also garnered invitations to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and the Moscow Conservatory. He has appeared in master classes with Jon Nakamatsu, Diane Walsh, Agnela Cheng, Alvin Chow, Grant Cooper, and Daniel Hege.