Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, pianist and composer, Stewart Goodyear began his training at Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, received a bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and completed a Masters Degree at Juilliard School of Music in New York. Now calling New York his home, Stewart has performed with the major orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many.
Mr Goodyear’s style has strength and drama, elegant and exquisite technique and great emotional depth.
Stewart’s repertoire ranges from Bach to Messiaen, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Gershwin. Known as an improviser and a composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. In 2010, Mr Goodyear performed at a sold out recital of Beethoven Sonatas in Toronto’s new Koerner Hall. The Middle Sonatas were recently released as a two disc set on the Marquis Label.
Stewart Goodyear’s composition, the fanfare entitled Count Up, was performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2011, garnering rave reviews.
“This weekend Goodyear returns (to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) not only as a soloist, but as a featured composer. The CSO will perform his fanfare commissioned by the CSO and WGUC. ‘Count Up starts with 10 cymbal strokes and counts down with two other themes,’ Goodyear explains. ‘It’s my way of saying happy anniversary to the CSO, for Maestro Jarvi and WGUC.’
Goodyear might be making his CSO debut as a composer but the acclaimed pianist has been writing music since he was an 8-year-old student at a choral school in his native Toronto…”
ANNE ARENSTEIN citybeat.com 23 March 2011
Stewart performed with members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
“This morning the last of our orchestra headed home in all directions across the country, the reverberations of last night’s packed concert at Leeds Town Hall still ringing in our ears..”