Stephanie Urquhart

Friday, September 24 11:30am

Root 107

Stephanie Urquhart

Stephanie Urquhart is a pianist and composer based in Edmonton, Alberta. Of Salvadoran
descent, Stephanie was raised in an eclectic and multi-cultural environment where she learned to
play trumpet, trombone, and later piano, finding music to be her main form of self-expression.
Her spontaneity and sensitivity on the piano has been called “engagingly joyous” and “so
thoughtful and expressive.” (Charlie Austin). She has been hailed for “putting the surprise factor
back into smart, new original music.” (Edmonton Journal). Her music has been featured at
international events including the 2019 International Jazz Composers’ Symposium (IJCS) at the
University of Northern Colorado, the 2017 IJCS at the University of South Florida, and the 2017
Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, Washington. She won 2nd place in the 5th Annual Jazz
Composition Contest for Women Composers in 2017.

Stephanie Urquhart Quartet’s debut album, Concealment, was released in 2019 and was
nominated for Best Jazz Album by One World Music Awards. Concealment works on the
boundaries between structurally determined and more freely improvised music, blending the
melodic intimacy of traditional jazz music with modern complexities and virtuosic performances.
Written as a reflection of her experiences with depression, Concealment engages the listener with
beautiful melodies and compositions telling Stephanie’s story about developing depression, and
the healing and acceptance that followed.

Stephanie Urquhart

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