Stephanie UrquhartCanada Montreal
Stephanie Urquhart is a Latina-Canadian pianist, composer, and arranger. Her spontaneity and sensitivity on the piano has been called “engagingly joyous” and “so thoughtful and expressive.” (Charlie Austin). She has been hailed for “putting the surprise factor back into smart, new original music.” (Edmonton Journal).
Stephanie’s debut album, Concealment, was released in 2019 and was nominated for Best Jazz Album by One World Music Awards. Her music has been featured at international events including the 2019 International Jazz Composers' Symposium (IJCS) at the University of Northern Colorado, the 2017 IJCS at the University of South Florida, and the 2017 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, Washington. She won 2nd place in the 5th Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composers in 2017. She has also received nominations for her music from the Edmonton Music Awards for Best Jazz Recording and Best Instrumental Recording in 2014 and 2018.
Stephanie would like to acknowledge that her career playing Black American Music is possible because of Black musicians that have, and continue to pave the way for us all. May we all acknowledge and be grateful that we have the privilege to enjoy music of this African-American cultural tradition.