Dr. Stephen Fiess, a native of Stratford, Ontario, Canada, holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s degree in piano performance from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance, pedagogy and literature, from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He also holds an Associate Diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and Associate Certification in Organ from the American Guild of Organists.
His interest in Prokofiev’s piano music led to a book on this subject, The Piano Works of Serge Prokofiev, published in 1994 by Scarecrow Press.
His teachers have included Josephine Parrott, Dr. Damiana Bratuz, John Ogdon, Dr. Henry Upper, Dr. Keith Wallingford, and Robert Spillman.
Dr. Fiess was a prize winner in the Ernst Krenek Division of the 1989 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition.
Dr. Fiess has composed ballets that have been performed in Colorado, and a ballet that was performed at the International Dance Festival of Havana, Cuba. He has composed several published piano solos and duets. He has also written several published sacred compositions.
Dr. Fiess teaches piano privately in Cary, a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina.