Stephan Kane is a classical guitarist from Hawaii based in San Francisco, CA. Stephan’s sound has been described as “…embodying the passion of Spain” and having “… great sensitivity and lyricism.” He was a member of the Ashland Guitar Quartet and principle guitarist in various musical productions, including Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” Stephan was a founding member of the contemporary Hawaiian group, Ha’ena performing as the opening act for the Makaha Sons, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, and Hawaii’s award-winning group, HAPA. In Hawaii, Stephan was a featured performer at Turtle Bay Hilton’s, Paakai Restaurant, located on Oahu’s North Shore and was a member of the Kailua Guitar Duo, with guitarist Luke Trimble, featured in the online publication This is Classical Guitar.
Stephan holds a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he graduated magna cum laude and performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s concerto Fantasia para un gentilhombre with a live orchestra conducted by John Masko. He studied with David Tanenbaum, John Dearman, and Lawrence Ferrara at the conservatory. Stephan served as the Guitar Graduate Teaching Assistant and was recently accepted into the Professional Studies Diploma program. He was elected Guitar Department Representative and will continue his duties as Guitar TA for the 2018-2019 school year.
Stephan has performed in master classes for Benjamin Verdery, Scott Tenant, Jason Vieaux, Andrew York, Martha Masters, David Leisner, Bill Kanengiser, Rafael Cuen Garibi, Ralph Towner, and Angel Romero. He received his bachelor’s degree in music-business from Southern Oregon University where he studied guitar with David Rogers.