Stephen Emmerson studied piano with Pamela Page at the University of Queensland. In 1980, he won the Commonwealth final of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Instrumental and Vocal Competition. In the following year, he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at New College, Oxford, graduating with a Master of Philosophy in Music in 1983 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1989. While in England he studied piano with Peter Wallfisch, receiving an ARCM in performance in 1986.
He has been on staff at the Queensland Conservatorium since 1987 where he teaches courses in music literature and music research as well as piano, chamber music and performance practice. He performs regularly both as soloist and with chamber ensembles, most notably within the Griffith Trio, an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium, Dean-Emmerson-Dean and the Endeavour Trio.
Recordings of his playing have been released by ABC Classics, Melba Recordings, Move Records, The Anthology of Australian Music on Disc, CPO, Continuum, Tall Poppies and Contact. He is also a member of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and convenes the Doctor of Musical Arts program, a professional doctorate promoting the documentation of practice-based research.
CD Spotlight. Shattering Mastery? - Mahler 2 for double piano duet, heard by Howard Smith. '... secure professionalism and laudable aplomb.'
CD Spotlight. Lyrical Radiance - Paul Dean plays Brahms and Schumann, recommended by Howard Smith. '... look no further.'
CD Spotlight. Irresistible Enjoyment - Music by Mozart and Mendelssohn, heard by Howard Smith. '... a truly idiomatic performance ...'