Stephanie has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes, including the Leonard Rose Cello Prize and scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust and the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, as well as two RNCM Entrance Awards and a large Arts and Humanities Research Council grant. She was a finalist in the J and A Beare International Solo Bach Competition 2009 and the Harriet Cohen Intercollegiate Prize 2010.
In July 2008 Stephanie achieved a First Class BMus (Hons) degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied under Hannah Roberts. After achieving the highest ‘cello mark in the Final Recitals, she was awarded the Leonard Rose ‘Cello Prize. In 2009 she gained a Distinction in her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and became a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music, earning the right to add the letters FRSM to her name. She went on to continue her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of David Strange and Felix Schmidt. Stephanie has participated in masterclasses with Stephen Doane, Colin Carr, Ralph Kirshbaum, Raphael Wallfisch and Karine Georgian, amongst others. In 2008 she was selected by national audition to participate in the Violoncello Society of London’s ‘Elgar Concerto Day’.
In 2002, at the age of 16, Stephanie made her concerto debut, playing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Wirral Symphony Orchestra, and she has since performed Elgar's ‘Cello Concerto and Dvorak’s ‘Cello Concerto and the lesser known Lalo Concerto several times with orchestras across the country. Stephanie performs extensively both as recital soloist with pianist Jennie-Helen Moston (including a recent recital series on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2), and in her cello and guitar duo with Andrew Booth. She is very pleased to have been selected for participation on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme (2009-2011).
In 2009 Stephanie was invited to participate on the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra String Experience Scheme and has also performed with Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, the BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, London Concert, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and Halle Orchestras.
As well as featuring on the David Rees Williams Trio’s most recent CD, Stephanie’s own debut CD was released in January 2010 and is now for sale.