Stella studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the University of Cambridge, where she read English. Aged nineteen, she was awarded a Première Prix with Distinction from the Conservatoire of Gennevilliers, Paris. Her teachers have included Alicja Fiderkiewicz, Joyce Rathbone, Valeria Szervanskzy and Ferenc Rados.
Hailed by critics as a “genuinely exciting performer” with a “prodigious technique allied to great musicality, whose playing evinces a “quite extraordinary array of colours and textures”, she has given solo and concerto performances in venues including the Purcell Room, Cheltenham Town Hall, and music festivals throughout the British Isles.
A versatile artist, Stella has toured Europe as ‘silent-movie pianist’ with the Bash Street Theatre Company and has also worked as pianist for the Richard Alston Dance Company.
Originally from Carlisle, she has returned there to perform by invitation on many occasions. Now based in Penzance, Cornwall, Stella enjoys a varied musical life combining teaching with solo performances and is much in demand as an accompanist, recitalist and duo partner.
A beautiful and mood-filled programme of modern English, French and American art songs, this recording includes song cycles from Roger Quilter, Gerald Finzi, Francis Poulenc and Michael Tippett, as well as Herbert Howells' masterpiece King David. Also featured is the world premiere recording of White Bee, a song by the award-winning contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall. More >>