Kristin Stephenson is pursuing a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and is the recipient of a University Graduate Fellowship. She will appear as a soloist on the Philharmonic's April 23 concert, playing Frederic Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11.
A student of Christopher Guzman, Kristin completed her undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School. She has won numerous awards, including first prize in the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. She has served regularly as an adjudicator, and has performed in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and in Spain and Germany.
Kristin is one of the winners of the Philharmonic's 2013 Concerto Competition. She stated, "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to play with the Penn State Philharmonic. With the support of the orchestra, I aim to communicate the concerto's full emotional range, from its tender and poetic lyricism to its passion, turbulence, and grandeur."
A native of Concord, New Hampshire, Kristin currently maintains a private piano studio in addition to her duties as a teaching assistant at Penn State. Her students have won numerous awards, including the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition, Connecticut International Young Artist Competition, and the Granite State Auditions.