Pianist & Composer
I find Amy Stephens’ music immediately accessible and richly expressive. Immediately apparent is the way in which Amy incorporates the language of jazz into classical forms. The sophistication with which she does this sets her apart from others who may pay homage to another genre. The result in her compositions: a fully integrated and individual style.Craig Richey, CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair
Stephens plays it all as if with a smile on her face and in her fingers. Stunning finger work, effortlessly negotiated.Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine
Instantly embraceable jazzIndy Star
A formidable originator of new music. This is the future of instrumental jazzMichael Nastos, All Music Guide
Contemporary jazz that is passionate, innovative, engaging and witty….The biggest star on the disc is Stephens, whom I've never met but whose playing is so warm and intimate I feel like I'm best friends with her already.Steve Hammer, Nuvo
This one is a gem.Peter Westbrook, jazzreview.com
Stephens is a very prolific and melodic composer who is able to allure you with a sophisticated, appealing feel.Chuck Workman, WTPI-FM
Stephens suggests Keith Jarrett on the keysAdam Greenburg, All Music Guide
• Childhood Excursions is here! Check out Amy’s new piano suite!
• Amy is honored to be the newest member of Red Leaf Pianoworks, a stellar crew of accomplished piano composers from the U.S. and Canada. Amy’s The Hummingbirds: Piano Solo for One Hand is in the new Red Leaf anthology BRANCHES, which has thirteen new compositions for intermediate piano.
• Amy’s piano suites have received many honors in the American Prize, International Association of Women in Music’s Search for New Music, Robert Avalon International, SMP Press, and Composers today composition competitions.
• Amy was named CAPMT Commissioned Composer 2021 and Top Teacher 2022 from Steinway of San Francisco.