Tatyana Stepanova, piano
Tatyana Stepanova is a noted performer and teacher, praised by the Chicago Tribune as a “fine” and “persuasive” pianist. After winning first prize in the Russian National Piano Competition in 1981, Tatyana taught piano at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine, for nearly a decade before moving to Chicago.
An active chamber musician, Tatyana has performed with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chicago Chamber Musicians. Her concert appearances also include Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, live 98.7 WFMT broadcasts, and Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral, as well as performances with the Storioni Ensemble and as a soloist with Concertante di Chicago.
Much of her career has been devoted to collaborative music-making, particularly with violinists. Since 1992, Tatyana has accompanied the faculty and students of Northwestern, DePaul, and Roosevelt Universities; she has also been involved for many years with The Stradivari Society, performing with world-class artists. In addition, she has participated as an accompanist in the Oistrakh, Paganini, Wieniawski, and Indianapolis International Violin Competitions, as well as the Stulberg International String Competition.
Tatyana maintains a private piano studio in Mount Prospect for students of all ages. Her piano students have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions, the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, and the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers.
In addition, Tatyana is a sought-after chamber-music coach whose ensembles have earned national recognition. In recent years, ensembles she coached won Grand Prizes in the Discover and Barnett national chamber-music competitions in addition to earning awards in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the University of Michigan’s M-Prize Competition. Tatyana is on the faculty at Midwest Young Artists (MYA), teaching the sonata class and coaching chamber groups, and she has also taught at the elite Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago.