Excerpt from Mussorgsky, Ballet of the unhatched chicks (from Pictures at an Exhibition) — Move Records, Melbourne MD 3290
Stephen Savage's Wigmore Hall piano recital revealed a quite special ability to penetrate to the heart of a piece without interpretative affectations, and balance his readings on a knife's edge for long periods.
Stephen Savage received his early training from Dorothy Hesse, and began his career in his native UK where he came to attention at 16 with his performance of Beethoven's 4th Concerto with the National Youth Orchestra. Study with Bruno Seidlhofer in Vienna was followed by four intensive years with Cyril Smith at the Royal College of Music where he won major prizes. He soon appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall's London Piano Series,and made many BBC broadcasts including live appearances in the Invitation Concerts. His repertoire covers the fullest range, from Bach to Tippett and Lutoslawski, with special emphasis on the great Viennese classics. He is the dedicatee of major works by Justin Connolly and Roger Smalley and became known as an authoritative performer of Tippett's sonatas.
From 1982 he lived in Australia and appeared frequently as concerto soloist with most of the country's leading orchestras. He collaborated with Werner Andreas Albert, Nicholas Braithwaite, Omri Hadari, Jorge Mester and Ronald Zollman, among others. He was invited by the composer to give the first Australian performance of Lutoslawski's Concerto, with the Sydney Symphony.
Stephen has made distinguished recordings of works by Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, Mussorgsky and Tippett. He has appeared in concerts and on radio throughout Australia and in Asia as well as the UK. From 2006, he has been based once again in England where he is active as performer and teacher.