Stephanie McCallum is one of Australia's foremost pianists and Associate Professor of Piano at the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University. She has enjoyed an international career of over 25 years appearing on more than 40 CDs (many of them solo) and in hundreds of live and solo concert performances. These include performances as a soloist in the United Kingdom and France as well as Australia, and a tour of Europe with the Alpha Centauri Ensemble. She has also presented lecture-recitals for the Royal College of Music and the Purcell School in London.
She was born in Sydney and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alexander Sverjensky and the noted Liszt player, Gordon Watson. After advanced studies in England with Alkan expert Ronald Smith, she presented an acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut in 1982, giving what is believed to be the first performance of Alkan's Chants, Op.70. Since then, she has become especially noted for her performances of virtuosic repertoire of the 19th century, particularly the music of Liszt and Alkan, and for her advocacy of demanding contemporary solo and ensemble scores.