Misha V. Stefanuk Biography
Mel Bay best-selling author, Misha V. Stefanuk started playing piano at the age of five. He composed his first piece when he was nine. Mr. Stefanuk studied at the Moscow Studio of Music Improvisation Art, the Moscow Conservatory School, the Russian Academy of Music, Belmont University, Skidmore Jazz Institute, and Washington State University. He has written more then 90 works for a variety of instrumentations, as well as music for more than 30 theater shows. Y2K Survival Guide with Leonard Nemoy, for which he wrote the music, has sold more than 70,000 copies. Misha has composed a significant amount of music for network television, including programs such as One Life to Live (ABC), All My Children (ABC) and First Monday (CBS). Amongst his other works are the Mel Bay bestseller Jazz Piano Chords and Jazz Piano Album.
Mr. Stefanuk is a prize winner of the Stereotypes and Nations Composition Competition held by Muzica Centrum Art Society in Cracow, Poland for his composition Equinokse for oboe, string trio and prepared piano, and of the Concerto Aria Composition Competition at Belmont University for his piece The New American Symphony. He was also named Outstanding Piano Player at the l29th Annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and has won full scholarships at Belmont University, Washington State University, and Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute. For Misha’s web site, please click here. To listen to some of his music, click here. Please also check out his new book with Mel Bay Publications, Jazz Piano Chords.