Stephen Savage‘s teaching career began immediately following his graduation from the Royal College of Music when his own teacher, Cyril Smith, nominated him as his assistant. Two years later, in 1967, Stephen Savage was appointed Professor at the RCM and soon became recognised as an authoritative and decisive influence, training many who now have important and productive careers in music.
In 1982 he took up an offer to work in Australia, as Head of Keyboard at the Queensland Conservatorium/Griffith University. There his influence extended to the artistic development of his Department at a time when the School was acquiring a national and international profile. Under his direction, the Department became recognised as the most progressive in the country, attracting both talented students and visiting artists of the highest calibre.
Stephen is active as visiting artist/teacher to other leading Schools both in Australia and in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan and Korea as well as the leading UK Colleges. He initiated the piano programmes of the Australian National Academy of Music, teaching and directing acclaimed intensive courses for Australia’s leading young pianists. Stephen returned to the UK in 2005 and is now Senior Tutor in Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
Stephen returns to Jackdaws following previous enthusiastically received courses. Participants have identified Stephen’s ability to unlock their own particular response to the music giving them an added authority in their playing.