Biography

Stephan Kane is a classical guitarist from the sunny windward shores of Kailua, Hawaii, currently based in San Francisco, CA. Stephan's sound has been described as “…embodying the passion of Spain” and having “… great sensitivity and lyricism.” He has provided music for over 200 weddings with an eclectic list of pieces by such composers as Bach, Schubert, and Granados to Jason Mraz, John Legend, and the Beatles. Stephan was a member of the Ashland Guitar Quartet and has played as principal guitarist in various musical productions, including Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story." He was a founding member of the contemporary Hawaiian group, Ha'ena performing as the opening act for the Makaha Sons, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, and Hawaii’s award-winning group, HAPA. Stephan was a member of the Kailua Guitar Duo, with guitarist Luke Trimble, and was featured in the online publication, This is Classical Guitar.

 

Stephan holds a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma in classical guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he graduated summa cum laude studying with David Tanenbaum, John Dearman, Marc Teicholz, and Larry Ferrara. He was selected as the guitar department Teaching Assistant for two consecutive years and served as the guitar department representative for student council. Stephan performed Joaquin Rodrigo's concerto "Fantasia para un gentilhombre" and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Concert No. 1, Op. 99" conducted with live orchestras at his graduate recitals.

 

Stephan has performed in master classes for Benjamin Verdery, Scott Tenant, Jason Vieaux, Andrew York, Martha Masters, Thomas Viloteau, David Leisner, Bill Kanengiser, Rafael Cuen Garibi, Ralph Towner, and Angel Romero. He received his bachelor's degree in music-business from Southern Oregon University where he studied with David Rogers. In addition to performing, Stephan is a committed educator and is on faculty at the California Conservatory of Music, Little Mission Studio, I.R. Guitar Lessons, and maintains a busy private lesson studio in the city. He has taught privately since 2009.

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