A student of Heifetz Institute teacher Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang at The Juilliard School, violist Stephanie Block is a 2012 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Young Arts Merit Winner and a 2012 semi-finalist in the prestigious Johansen International Competition for Young String Players. She has performed as a soloist with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Depaul University’s Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Encore Chamber Orchestra. She was a finalist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra youth auditions and has received top prizes in the James Glacking Concerto Competition and the Society of American Musicians Competition. In October 2013 she was invited to perform two solo recitals for the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota.
Stephanie has also received several awards as a chamber musician. This includes winning the 2010 and 2011 Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition as well as the Gold Medal in the Junior Division of the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with Quartet Stracciatella of the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago. In 2016, Stephanie was a member of the prestigious Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar. She has also attended the Sarasota Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Taos School of Music.
Stephanie performed and was featured as a soloist on Chicago radio station 98.7 WFMT’s Introductions with David Polk as well as twice on National Public Radio’s From the Top as both a soloist and with Quartet Stracciatella.
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 in June 2012 featuring top musicians of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Music Institute of Chicago to raise money and awareness for the Histiocytosis Association of America. She plans to continue these efforts through her music studies. Stephanie is also a triathlete and runner.