Brandon Stewart is a pianist, vocalist, conductor, husband, and father of two children. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and conducts, accompanies and co-directs the Orange County Mormon Choral Organization choirs and orchestra with his brother Brett Stewart.
Stewart has enjoyed extensive studies in a variety of musical fields throughout his schooling. In addition to studying both vocal and piano performance at Brigham Young University, he had the opportunity to assist, accompany, and solo with the BYU Concert Choir and Combined Choirs. He was selected by the BYU School of Music Faculty to speak at the April 2006 Convocation. Stewart recently received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied piano performance, chamber music, and choral conducting. His major piano teachers include Jerome Lowenthal at Juilliard; Irene Peery-Fox at BYU; and Susan Bana in Orange, CA. He studied chamber music with Stephen Clapp at Julliard, and vocal performance with Clayne Robison at BYU. His choral mentors include Judith Clurman at Julliard; Rosalind Hall at BYU; and Ted Reid at Fountain Valley High School. Additional studies include piano master classes with Menahem Pressler, Angela Chang, and Boris Berman, and choral performances and workshops under the direction of Craig Jessop, Ronald Staheli, Rodney Eichenberger, and Anton Armstrong.
Honors and Awards
Stewart’s zeal for performing has led to success in many piano competitions. Most recently he was a finalist in the 2008 Bosendorfer International Piano Competition. In 2005, as a student of Irene Peery-Fox, Stewart was awarded first-prize at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Steinway Piano Competition, taking home a new Steinway grand piano. Shortly thereafter he was invited to perform as a soloist with the Utah Symphony and the Utah Valley Symphony. In 2001, he won the BYU Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to college, as a student of Susan Bana, Stewart was a winner in the Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition, and was a prizewinner in various piano competitions including the International Young Artist Peninsula Piano Competition and the Los Angeles Liszt Competition. In 2000, he was named Young Artist Guild Winner by the Music Teacher’s Association of California.
In addition to performing, Stewart has a passion for teaching music. He has taught piano and voice lessons for several years, and runs a private piano and vocal studio in Orange County. He currently resides in Fountain Valley, California with his wife Heather and their children, Ashley and Dallin.