Stephen S. Brew

Biography

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 described 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 is a committed instructor and entrepreneur.  From 2013 – 2016, he served as an Associate Instructor of Guitar at Indiana University, instructing non-majors in group and individual formats.  In 2014 he founded the guitar program at Martinsville High School, and successfully implemented the program by obtaining grants and charitable contributions.  He has also completed many arrangements for guitar ensemble, some of which are published through the Austin Classical Guitar Society, and Seconda Prattica.

Mr. Brew is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at Indiana University, where he studied under maestro Ernesto Bitetti.  He also holds degrees from Syracuse University and the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he studied with Kenneth Meyer and James Piorkowski, respectively.

Education

  • DM – Indiana University (ABD)
  • MM – Syracuse University
  • BM – State University of New York at Fredonia