THE GILMORE AWARDS Clayton Stephenson (2022)Artist Website »
2022 GILMORE YOUNG ARTIST Clayton Stephenson
A native of Brooklyn, NY, 2022 Gilmore Young Artist Clayton Stephenson’s youthful, exuberant playing earned him recognition in 2015 when he won prizes at the Cliburn Junior International Piano Competition. In 2016 he was also recognized with prizes at the Cooper International Piano Competition and received From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.
In 2020, Mr. Stephenson was named a Gheens Young Artist. Also a Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholar, Mr. Stephenson is a passionate and active arts educator.
Mr. Stephenson trained for two years in the Juilliard Music Advancement Program before being admitted into the Juilliard Pre-College program at age ten. In 2017, he was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He is currently pursuing a dual degree program from Harvard, where he studies economics, and the New England Conservatory, where he studies piano performance with Professor Wha Kyung Byun.
Mr. Stephenson has been featured on NPR and WQXR and has given recitals at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, BeethovenFest in Bonn, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. As a guest artist, he has appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Louisville Symphony, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and more.