Stefan Cwik, composer in residence
Singer/guitarist/composer/educator Stefan Thomas Cwik was born in 1987 in Chicago. His older brother and sister were taking music classes at school, so Stefan followed suit, inspired by his brother to start on guitar. Stefan came to San Francisco at age 18 to study guitar and composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Dusan Bogdanovic and David Conte. He has also studied with French composer Michel Merlet in Paris, and with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School in New York City. While at Juilliard, Stefan won the Orchestral Composition Competition for two years running, with his works Terpsichore and The Illusionist.
Stefan was named Composer in Residence for Symphony Parnassus in 2016. Stefan has collaborated three times before with Maestro Stephen Paulson and Symphony Parnassus, premiering his Concert Dances for Orchestra, his Piano Concerto with soloist Scott Foglesong. and his English Horn Concerto The Sword in the Stone featuring soloist Russ DeLuna. Stefan Cwik is currently Professor of Music Theory and Musicianship at SFCM, and is a member of ASCAP. He’s also the lead singer and guitarist in The Blind Bandits, a trio that performs his contemporary original songs. Stefan’s Website is: www.stefancwik.com