Head and Associate professor, Music
Praised for his sensitivity and versatility, pianist Stephen Runge has been heard from Victoria to Halifax as soloist and collaborative artist. Stephen has been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio Two and La Chaîne Culturelle de Radio-Canada, and has recorded all the major works for solo piano by Robert Schumann. He was soloist in the Canadian premiere of Lowell Liebermann's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Stephen has received special recognition for his frequent performances of chamber music and art song, sharing the stage with artists such as violinist Jasper Wood, tenor David Pomeroy, mezzo-soprano Patricia Green, countertenor Daniel Cabena, and pianist Adam Sherkin. In the 2016-17 season, Stephen performs in recital with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, contralto Vicki St. Pierre, and violinist Andréa Tyniec.
Holding a Doctorate of Music in Piano Performance from l'Université de Montréal, Stephen is in demand across the country as teacher, adjudicator, and clinician. He has presented at conferences and workshops on topics such as effective practice methods, performance practices for Baroque and Classical music, and the challenges of teaching popular music. Stephen came to national attention when he was awarded first prize in the piano category of the National Music Festival. Since then he has been the recipient of several important awards, including prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition.
Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Stephen Runge studied with Janice Elliott-Denike before completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Victoria, where he was a student of Dr. Robin Wood and was awarded the Victoria Medal and the Governor General's Silver Medal upon graduation. Under the direction of Marc Durand, he completed a Master of Music degree at l'Université de Montréal and an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Julian Martin of the Juilliard School, and was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Stephen Runge taught at St. Olaf College in Minnesota before joining the Department of Music at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where he is currently Head of the Department of Music, Associate Professor of Piano, and Director of Mount Allison Local Centre Examinations in Music. He was awarded a Paul Paré Excellence Award in 2010 and the J.E.A. Crake Award for excellence in teaching in the Faculty of Arts at Mount Allison University in 2014.
For more information on Stephen Runge, please visit his website at www.stephenrunge.com.
Schumann: Works for Piano, Volume 1 (2012)
Six Standard Saxophone Sonatas, with James Kalyn, saxophone (2014)
Schumann: Works for Piano, Volume 2 (2016)
Grants, awards, & honours
J.E.A. Crake Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts, Mount Allison University, 2014
ArtsNB Creation Grant, 2011
Paul Paré Excellence Award, Mount Allison University, 2010
Marjorie Young Bell Faculty Fellow, Mount Allison University, 2009-2011
Applied Music (piano)
Music History and Literature