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Named the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Lang Lang Music Foundation Young Scholar, Encore Artist [www.encoreartists.org] Clayton Stephenson was admitted into the Juilliard Pre-College at age ten. Stephenson is also prize winner of the 2016 Cooper International Competition and 2015 Van Cliburn Junior International Competition. Stephenson is a proud recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship.
Lang Lang and Clayton Stephenson march the Turkish March:
Highlights of Stephenson's burgeoning career include recitals at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Beethoven Fest Bad Kissinger, Beethoven Fest in Bonn, Star and Rising Star in Munich, and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Stephenson’s orchestral performances includes Chicago Sinfonietta Season Opening Concert at Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Colour of Music Festival Gala Concert at Charleston Gaillard Center, the Midwest Young Artists Symphony at the Ravinia Festival and Chicago’s Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion, and with the International Youth Orchestra at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on the 69th U.N. Day. Stephenson appeared at “Grammy Salute to Classical Music” Concert, Carnegie Stern Auditorium.
Stephenson participated in the 2019 Music Academy of the West Summer Festival in Santa Barbara CA:
Pianofest Recital in Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara CA
August 20, 2019
Stephenson was the featured solo artist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony September, 2019 and with the Augusta Symphony January, 2020
Immediate future engagements for Stephenson include concerts in MN and MS with the Duluth Superior and Meridian Symphonies, respectively.
Clayton Stephenson has participated in master classes with John Perry, Julian Martin, Krzusztof Jablonski, André Laplante, Mark Durand, Lee Kum-Sing, and Frank Levy, among others.
Stephenson is a dual degree major at Harvard University as an Economics major and New England Conservatory as a Master of Music major in Piano.
Fluent in the Mandarin Chinese language, Stephenson's extra curricular study included Jazz at the Boys’ Club of New York and devoting himself to sharing his knowledge and good fortune with underprivileged children in East Harlem.