Stephen Lochbaum began his classical training at the late age of 18 and achieved much in a short span of time. Within six years he had earned a Master’s degree from the University of Victoria, won the national music festival of Canada, and had the immense honor of performing with the legendary guitarist Pepe Romero as well as Alexander Dunn and Randy Pile. Shortly after graduation Stephen had his radio debut on CBC Radio 1 performing Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the internationally recognized Vancouver Cantata Singers.
As well as playing classical guitar, Stephen is also an established jazz guitarist. He has appeared in numerous national Jazz, Tango, and Flamenco festivals as a soloist and ensemble player. His recordings have been heard regularly on CBC radio 2 and 3, and has had television appearances on The NewVI in Victoria, BC.
Mr. Lochbaum is frequently praised for the depth of his musicality, incredible technique, and unique and creative interpretations. He is one of the very few guitarists to perform Mussorgsky’s entire Pictures at an Exhibition on solo guitar.
Currently Stephen is working on a doctoral degree at the University of North Texas where he was awarded a full-time teaching fellowship. His related field is early music and as such Stephen also performs on period instruments and so far has performed on 8-course renaissance lute, 14-course theorbo, 5-course cittern, baroque guitar, 19th-century guitar, and terz guitar. He recently performed in broken consort at the Boston Early Music Festival and also performed Monteverdi’s entire Incoronazionr di Poppea with two separate casts at UNT under the tutelage of renowned Julliard professor Daniel Swenberg.
On top of his busy schedule teaching, performing, and doing schoolwork Stephen has been very active on the competition circuit. Over the last three years he has earned thirsty top prizes in international competitions including five wins at illustrious festivals such as the Texas A&M International Competition, Boston Guitarfest, the Altamira International Competition at Iserlohn, University of Louisville International Competition, the Columbus Guitar Symposium, and many others.