Area of Study
Studies at the Studies at Paris Conservatory
Studies with Gabor Csalog (Ferenc Liszt Academy, Budapest); Sophia Rosoff (NYC, NY), and Barry Harris (Paris, Rome, and New York)
Baccalaureate in Economics, in Montmorency, France
Born in Paris, France, Stefan Vasnier began his musical life at the age of six, studying classical piano at the Paris Conservatory where he gave his first public performances and won several contests.
In his early twenties, he became interested in jazz, taking inspiration from recordings of Erroll Garner, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington, whose music quickly became a primary influence, inspiring him to take up studies with jazz great Barry Harris in Paris, Rome, and New York.
In 2008, inspired by the music of Bartok and Kodaly, Stefan relocated to Budapest to study with Gabor Csalog, the noted concert pianist and teacher at the Ferenc Liszt Academy.
In 2009, Mr. Vasnier moved to New York and began his studies with renowned piano pedagogue Sophia Rosoff, the late president of the Abby Whiteside Foundation and principal inheritor of Abby Whiteside’s legacy. Stefan’s approach to teaching was greatly influenced by Mrs. Rosoff, whom he credits with transforming his playing and leading him to the realization that classical and jazz have no boundaries when performed with freedom and honesty. A proud member of the Abby Whiteside Foundation, Stefan has now taught piano privately in Paris and New York for more than 20 years.
Stefan has performed extensively on piano as well as trumpet and cornet throughout Europe and in New York at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, New York City Center, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, among many others.