Described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time, Prutsman moves easily from classical to jazz to world music styles. He continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages. His Bach and Forth program is a global survey of classical, jazz and world music from the 1500s to present day interspersed with selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II as well as works from Wagner, Debussy, Charlie Parker and much more.
Stephen Prutsman has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor, Prutsman continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages. Stephen has served as Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of the Cartagena International Festival of Music, South America’s largest festival of its kind, where he programmed concerts with themes ranging from Mozart celebrations to folk and popular music of the Americas to art and dance music fused together.
In the early 90’s, he was a medal winner at the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elisabeth Piano Competitions, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then Stephen has performed as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and his classical discography includes acclaimed recordings of the Barber and McDowell concerti with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. Born in Los Angeles, Stephen first began playing the piano by ear at age three, before moving on to more formal music studies. In his teens and early 20’s, he was the keyboard player for several art rock groups including Cerberus and Vysion as well as a solo jazz pianist and music arranger for a nationally syndicated televangelist program. A former student of Aube Tzerko, Leon Fleisher, and Jack Wilson, Stephen studied at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
As a composer, Stephen’s long collaboration with Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has resulted in over 40 arrangements and compositions for them. Other leading artists and ensembles who have performed Stephen’s compositions and arrangements include Leon Fleisher, Dawn Upshaw, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Spoleto USA, and the Silk Road Project. As a pianist or arranger outside of the classical music world he has collaborated with such diverse personalities from Joshua Redman to Jon Anderson of “YES.” Passionate about the value of music for all, Stephen actively promotes music and arts education wherever he visits and is involved in several projects to create enjoyable artistic or recreational environments for children on the autistic spectrum and their families. Stephen lives in San Francisco.
A global survey of classical, jazz and world music from the 1500s to present day interspersed with selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II.
J.S. BACH: Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 873, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
RAMEAU: La boiteuse (The Lame Girl)
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp minor, BWV 887, from WTC, Book II
BEETHOVEN: “Adagio sostenuto” from Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 888, from WTC, Book II
WAGNER: Isoldes Liebestod aus Tristan und Isolde (arr. Liszt)
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 893, from WTC, Book II
DEBUSSY: “Ondine” from Préludes, Book II
BACH: “Gavotte I and II” from English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811
SCHOENBERG: “Musette” from Suite, Op. 25
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 870, from WTC, Book II
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 875, from WTC, Book II
CHARLIE PARKER: Ornithology (arr. Prutsman)
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 884, from WTC, Book II
PURANDARA DASA: Govinda (arr. Prutsman)
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F major, BWV 880, from WTC, Book II
UZBEK TRADITIONAL: Galdir (arr. Prutsman)
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 881, from WTC, Book II
WALTER HAWKINS: Goin’ Up Yonder (arr. Prutsman)
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp major, BWV 872, from WTC, Book II
RWANDAN TRADITIONAL: Amaliza (arr. Prutsman)
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 878, from WTC, Book II
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