Emma Stephenson is a pianist and songwriter from Australia. She was the recipient of both the 2017 Freedman Jazz Fellowship for Australian jazz musicians under the age of 35 (awarded after competing at the Sydney Opera House), and the 2016 Jann Rutherford Memorial award for women in the Australian jazz scene. Emma is also a PhD candidate in improvised piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, currently residing in New York City and conducting her supervision sessions online. In 2016 she was awarded first class honours upon graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Bachelor in jazz performance program. Emma also has an enthusiasm for music education, having run her own home-visit piano teaching business in Sydney for 7 years.
Since moving to New York City in mid-2017, Emma has performed regularly at the Duplex Piano Bar (West Village), recorded and produced original music with her duo ‘Trash Can Dream’, and taken regular lessons in the Taubman Approach to piano technique.
Emma aspires as an artist and music teacher to actively demonstrate the role of music in society as a medium for the development of positive relationships, self-expression, self-awareness, effective communication and as a celebration of human cognition and creativity.