Gary Stegall is regarded highly both as a soloist and chamber musician, with performances throughout North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, Africa, and the Middle East, in such cities as London, Paris, New York, Vienna, Washington DC, Lima, Bangkok, Istanbul, Singapore, Cairo, Toronto, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago. As organist, he has performed by special invitation at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. He is known to radio audiences through broadcasts on WGMS-FM, Washington, DC; WFMT-FM, Chicago; WGBH-FM Boston; RTBF, Belgium; Concertzender, Dutch Public Radio; and the Public Radio networks of Georgia, Minnesota and South Carolina.
Dr. Stegall has served as resident pianist for the Beau Geste Trio, the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra Soloists, and as guest artist with the dePasquale String Quartet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has appeared as piano soloist with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Solo Repertory Orchestra, the Washington DC Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Chestnut Hill Orchestra of Philadelphia.
During his studies as a Rotary International Scholar in Brussels, Dr. Stegall discovered the piano music of Joseph Jongen. As a result of his research, Dr. Stegall has championed the music of the “Belgian Impressionist” through his many performances and lectures. His compact disc Solo Piano Music of Joseph Jongen (Klavier International/Kalmus) remains in release worldwide and has received critical acclaim.
In 2011 Dr. Stegall was awarded a Fulbright Scholars Grant for five months of continued research in Brussels, Belgium on the composer Joseph Jongen.
Dr. Stegall holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, the Masters degree from the University of South Carolina, the Bachelors degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Diplôme/prix d’excellence avec grande distinction from Académie de musique de Boitsfort of Brussels, Belgium. He is presently Professor of music at Coastal Carolina University.
FROM THE CRITICS:
…he emerges as one of the most colorful, sensitive pianists I’ve ever experienced,like Gieseking with more solid finger technique….Stegall plays the spots off this virtuosic work, and his performance is unlikely to be bettered anytime soon….Gary Stegall is born to play this kind of music, and I can’t think of
anything to offer that could make his playing any better. In terms of tone production, balancing melody/accompaniment, voicing chords, he pretty much is beyond criticism….a MUST for anyone that responds to French piano music.
“Pianist Gary Stegall makes an eloquent case for the validity of Jongen’s piano output. His performances are poised, lovingly nuanced, muscular, and technically impeccable.”
“Jongen’s rich, often colorful piano writing fits the instrument, and player, in highly idiomatic fashion, and Mr. Stegall has everything well in hand, aided by sumptuous, vivid sonics that are entirely appropriate to the music.”
.....AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
“Power and sensitivity…”
.....THE WASHINGTON POST
“…Virtuosic technique at its best.”
.....THE CHARLESTON POST & COURIER
“Masterful playing…with power and sensitivity.”
.....NICE MATIN (France)