Melbourne pianist, conductor and composer Stefan Cassomenos is considered one of Australia's most talented young artists. He studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and is generously supported by Kawai Australia, Music Theatre Australia, and the Youth Music Foundation of Australia.

He completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) in 2009 at Melbourne University, where he was awarded five prizes for performance. He was a semi-finalist and prize-winner in the 2005 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and the 2006 Australian National Piano Award, and more recently was a finalist and prize-winner in two International Chamber Music Competitions, as a member of The Yarra Trio.

He has performed concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Strings of Melbourne. Internationally, he has appeared as a soloist in St Petersburg, Tallinn, Warsaw, Krakow, Athens, Rome, Milan, Amsterdam, London, Bangkok and Tokyo.

Stefan has been composing since the age of seven, and performing his music internationally since the age of ten. His compositions have been performed by the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne and Adelaide, and continue to be performed and commissioned by many other orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Stefan was the Artistic Director of the 2007 Melba Festival, and has been the Guest Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Piano Landmarks Festival since 2009. Upcoming concerts include the Port Fairy Spring Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, various solo recitals, concerti with Ballarat Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Philharmonic, chamber engagements with violinist Jessica Ipkendanz and cellist Michael Dahlenburg, and performances with Tania de Jong in the new production, “The Pianist and The Diva”. He has recently been appointed conductor of the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra. Stefan is the Composer in Residence for CI 2010.

Stefan Cassomenos is talking at the Creative Innovation Conference 2010 his topic was "From improvisation to composition"

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