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 has provided music for over 100 weddings playing from an eclectic list of pieces by Bach, Schubert, and Granados to Jason Mraz, John Legend, and the Beatles, among others. Stephan was a member of the Ashland Guitar Quartet and has played as principal guitarist in various musical productions, including Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” He 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. Stephan was a member of the Kailua Guitar Duo, with guitarist Luke Trimble, and was 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 studying with David Tanenbaum, John Dearman, and Lawrence Ferrara. He was selected as the guitar department Teaching Assistant and performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s concerto “Fantasia para un gentilhombre” with an orchestra conducted by John Masko at his graduate recital. He anticipates completing his Professional Studies Diploma at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in May 2019.
Stephan has performed in master classes for Benjamin Verdery, Scott Tenant, Jason Vieaux, Andrew York, Martha Masters, Thomas Viloteau, 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 in 2007.
Stephan has taught private guitar lessons since 2009.