Hailed by the Sarasota Observer as “Exceptionally Talented” and “A Virtuosic Performer,” Violist Stephanie Block is in the second year of her Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Misha Amory and Cynthia Phelps. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Juilliard as student of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. She was a featured solo artist for the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and has performed as soloist with several Chicago area symphonies. Stephanie is a recipient of the Edith A. Sagul Scholarship and Nancy A. Marks Chamber Music Scholarship at Juilliard.
Stephanie is also an accomplished and passionate chamber musician. In addition to her Sarasota appearances, she performed in several chamber music concerts with the Taos School of Music as well as performances in Baltimore and New York. As a chamber musician, Stephanie has received numerous awards, including first place two consecutive years in the Rembrandt Chamber Players Chamber Music competition and the Gold Medal in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has attended several chamber music summer festivals, including the Taos School of Music and Heifetz Institute’s Ashkenasi-Kirshbaum Chamber Music program.
As an orchestral musician, Stephanie has held several principal roles, including the Sarasota Music Festival and Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. She traveled to Helsinki and Stockholm as a member of the joint symphony of the Juilliard and Sibelius Academy orchestras under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen. She is also performs frequently as a principal member of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to her orchestral concerts at Juilliard, Stephanie has performed with the Æon Music Ensemble with whom she also soloed in a performance at Carnegie Weill Hall.
Stephanie is also working to integrate philanthropic aspects into her music. A survivor of the cancer-like disease Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis, Stephanie organized a benefit concert featuring top musicians of the Chicago area to raise money and awareness for the Histiocytosis Association of America. She plans to continue these efforts through her music studies. Stephanie also enjoys running and competing in triathlons.