Stephen Krishnan is an Austin-based guitarist and educator. As a soloist and member of the Austin Guitar Quartet, his repertoire ranges from the Renaissance and Baroque to modern fusions of jazz, world music, and post-tonality. He has studied under some of the world’s finest teachers - Alan Johnston, Adam Holzman, Pepe Romero, and most recently, the Grammy Award-Winning Bill Kanengiser.
The newly formed Austin Guitar Quartet, founded by Stephen and former colleagues Chad Ibison, Janet Grohovac, and Tom Clippinger, has earned some exciting opportunities in the upcoming year, including a performance with the GRAMMY Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Conspirare. They have commissioned works by up-and-coming composers including Matthew Lyons, Sebastian Zel, and Zach Gulaboff Davis. Their debut album is set to release in Fall 2019.
Stephen's solo performances have been met with high praise. In Spring 2019 he premiered Matthew Lyons’ Guitar Concerto with the UT New Music Ensemble directed by Dan Welcher. His performance aired on KMFA’s radio show “Live from the Butler School”. He has won first place in two competitions, including the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, and has received four prizes as a finalist. He has been featured by major concert presenters including Austin Classical Guitar, the Guitar Foundation of America's Regional Symposium, the American Guitar Society , the University of Minnesota at Morris, Springboard for the Arts, and Tetractys New Music. In 2017 he was the dedicatee of a new microtonal work by the acclaimed Cypriot composer Hakki Cengiz Eren, which he premiered at the Austin-based new music series, Tetractys. He has been featured on radio programs such as Minnesota Public Radio's Classical Music, NPR's From the Top, KUT's Nuts and Bolts., and KMFA’s “Live from the Butler School” In February 2017, Stephen was an Artist-In-Residence at Springboard for the Arts' Hinge Artists residency program in Fergus Falls, MN. During his two-week residency, he performed many concerts, gave talks, and worked on several recording projects.
A dedicated chamber musician, Stephen has performed in award-winning ensembles including the University of Texas Guitar Quartet, the Global Guitar Duo, and the University of Southern California's Baroque Sinfonia. In settings ranging from outreach concerts to concert series, his ensembles have performed extensively throughout Los Angeles, Austin, and much of the country.
Stephen was a founding member of the University of Texas Guitar Quartet, along with Thales Smith, Kyle Comer, and Carlos Martinez. The University of Texas Guitar Quartet quickly became one of the top young guitar ensembles in the nation. In 2013, after winning first place in two national competitions and concertizing across Texas, they were invited to perform in an ensemble showcase at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Festival, the largest and most important guitar event in the world.
With the Global Guitar Duo, Stephen was awarded the USC Gluck Fellowship, which funded dozens of outreach concerts in underprivileged Los Angeles communities. With great success, he worked to play engaging repertoire from around the world, and present it in a way that resonated with audiences of all backgrounds.
Stephen's interest in early music led him to study baroque guitar and continuo with USC Professor and acclaimed lutenist Jason Yoshida. The USC Baroque Sinfonia, which Stephen performed in, was recently invited to perform a concert of Polish Baroque music at the 2016 Early Music America festival in Berkeley, CA.
Stephen holds a Master's in Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the guitar department's Outstanding Master's Graduate. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor's in Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Adam Holzman. He currently holds a faculty position at the Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, TX.
Stephen currently divides his time between teaching, recoding, and performing.
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