Stefan has been invited by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas to be a soloist with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Stefan will participate in the weeklong summit of rehearsals, master classes and concerts from March 14-21 and perform Mendelssohn at the March 20 concert, streamed live worldwide on YouTube.com/symphony. The YTSO's debut concert at Carnegie Hall in 2009 has been viewed more than two million times, and the YTSO channel is nearing 25 million views.
"I'm so excited to be part of such an innovative project, and honored that MTT invited me," said Stefan as he unpacked his bags from a tour playing Mozart with the London Philharmonic in London and Madrid under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Mendelssohn in Seoul with the KBS Symphony. Independent critic Edward Seckerson singled out "the playful interaction of their performance" in London as well as "the rarefied beauty of those almost spectrally withdrawn solo moments." On U.S. soil in recent weeks, Stefan soloed with the Nashville Symphony, participated in the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and played solo recitals in Sarasota, St. Cloud, MN and San Diego.