Stefan Cwik began his studies in composition with composer/guitarist Dusan Bogdanovic at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). He then spent a short time of study with David Garner, also at SFCM. He finished his undergraduate studies in composition at SFCM studying with David Conte.
Stefan is dedicated to the collaborative process of composition. He worked with Bassoonist Paula Brusky in premiering his piece Eight Miniatures for Chamber Ensemble (Hommage a Stravinsky), one of the winning pieces of the 2010 BCMCC (Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition). His Eight Miniatures was premiered at the 2011 International Double Reed Society Conference (IDRS) and is now published by TrevCo Publishing.
In 2009, Stefan had the privilege of collaborating with Symphony Parnassus and Stephen Paulson, Music Director of Symphony Parnassus and principal Bassoonist for the San Francisco Symphony. Stefan’s orchestral work Concert Dances for Orchestra was premiered by Symphony Parnassus at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco under the direction of Stephen Paulson. In their 2010-2011 season, Symphony Parnassus then premiered Stefan's Concerto For Piano and Orchestra with pianist Scott Foglesong as the soloist. Most recently, Stefan was chosen as a winner of the 2011 Juilliard Orchestral Composition Competition; an orchestral competition that is open to all Juilliard composition students. His recent orchestral work Terpsichore was premiered and recorded by the Juilliard Orchestra and conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky at Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre this past February.
Stefan had the pleasure of attending the European American Musical Alliance summer program in Paris, France. During this time he studied with French Composer Michel Merlet and American Composer/Juilliard faculty member Philip Lasser. Stefan is currently working on his MMus studying with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School.
Stefan is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers).