Named the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Lang Lang Music Foundation Young Scholar Clayton Stephenson is prize winner of the 2015 Van Cliburn Junior International Competition and 2016 Cooper International Competition. He is also a proud recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship.
Highlights of Clayton’s burgeoning career include recitals at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Bad Kissinger, BeethovenFest in Bonn, Star and Rising Star in Munich, and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Clayton’s orchestral performance includes Chicago Sinfonietta Season Opening Concert at Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Colour of Music Festival Gala Concert at Charleston Gaillard Center, the Midwest Young Artists Symphony at the Ravinia Festival and Chicago’s Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion, and with the International Youth Orchestra at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on the 69th U.N. Day. Most recently, Clayton appeared at “Grammy Salute to Classical Music” Concert at Carnegie Stern Auditorium.
Clayton was admitted into the Juilliard Pre-College at age ten. Currently, He is studies at the Harvard/NEC Dual Degree program, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Harvard University and Master Degree in piano performance at the New England Conservatory with Wha Kyung Byun.