With a vast array of performances that include a tour of Spain with the Fredonia Guitar Quartet, a mini-recital in conjunction with the Great Lakes Guitar Society, and an appearance as a national semifinalist in the prestigious Schadt String Competition in Allentown, Pennsylvania, guitarist Steve Brew has effectively established himself as a performer of incredible talent and ability. His musicianship has allowed him the opportunities to perform at the Rantucci International Guitar Festival, Indiana Public Media’s WFIU, the Alberto Ginastera Music Festival, and countless other performances across the Midwest and East Coast.
His repertoire selections represent a unique approach to programming, as evidenced by his affinity for jazz and new music. Composer Don Freund has described him as “technically dazzling” and “an interpretive showcase,” while guitarist Roland Dyens has lauded his jazz arrangements as “truly excellent.” His doctoral final project consists of a series of arrangements for solo classical guitar in the style of jazz pianist Art Tatum.
In addition to his performance exploits, Stephen has been an active instructor of guitarists. Mr. Brew currently serves as the Director of the Guitar Program at Stonehill College in Easton, MA where he teaches private studio lessons and conducts the guitar ensemble. His arrangements for guitar ensemble have been published by the Austin Classical Guitar Society, and Seconda Prattica.
Mr. Brew is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where he studied under maestro Ernesto Bitetti. Stephen holds degrees from Syracuse University and the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he studied with Kenneth Meyer and James Piorkowski, respectively.