Stefan Grant began playing the horn at the age of 12, after being persuaded against his first two choices of violin and bassoon. Despite a somewhat reluctant beginning, by 15, he knew that he wanted to become a professional horn player.
Soon after this realisation, he was offered a spot at the Conservatorium High School. Following this, he began a Bachelor of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2018, with the support of the Merewether Horn Fellowship. In 2020, he transferred to Melbourne to continue his studies with Carla Blackwood and Nico Fleury at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where he has received numerous scholarships and awards. Throughout his training, he has been fortunate to study with Jenny Mcleod-Sneyd, Deborah Hart, Euan Harvey, Ben Jacks, Nico Fleury and Carla Blackwood.
Stefan has played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, and the Concert for Life Orchestra. In addition to these orchestral engagements, he has appeared as soloist with the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and Mosman Symphony Orchestra.
As well as playing modern horn, Stefan thoroughly enjoys performing on period instruments, and does so regularly in both chamber music and orchestral settings.
In 2023, Stefan has commenced his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Carla Blackwood. When he doesn't have a horn in his hands, Stefan can usually be found out on the road, cycling.
FROM: Sydney, NSW. Lands of the Gadigal people.
Photo credit: Pia Johnson.