Stephen Magnusson

Biography

Stephen Magnusson is one of the most accomplished, versatile and distinctive musicians in Australia. His incredible technique and astoundingly beautiful tone on his instrument have made him an indispensable part of many bands and film scores.

Magnusson has performed/recorded with many national and international artists including Paul Grabowsky, Scott Tinkler, Christine Sullivan, Michelle Nicole, Australian Art Orchestra, Martin Breeze’s Blackbird, Assumptions Trio, Megan Washington, Lisa young, Katie Noonan, Paul Kelly, Vince Jones, Jim Black, Mike Nock, Julien Wilson, Enrico Rava, Arthur Blythe and many many others.

Stephen was awarded the Swiss Diagonal Arts Grant and the Pop Kredit award in 1999, Co-Winner of 2000 National Jazz Award, nominated for the Freedman Fellowship twice and the Melbourne Prize in 2007. Magnusson has released 3 recent CDs as a leader to rave reviews.

Praise for Stephen Magnusson:

  • ‘This was music that quite literally glowed, that it was so beautiful it almost made the audience afraid to applaud’ The Age
  • ‘Allowing his usually lyrical guitar lines to grow thorns he latched on to the surging pulse behind him, coaxing it into a ball of almost uncontrolled energy that left the stage smoking like gunfire’ Sydney Morning Herald
  • ‘Always sensitive and a highly concentrated style. Magnusson always took time to develop his broad and epic works’ Tage anzieger 98
  • ‘These 14 little creatures are highly individual solo guitar performances. Magnusson creates a world of personal reveries.’ The Australian
  • ‘The 14 Little creatures when released to play get up to all kinds of mischief, with delightful results, a great CD’Herald Sun
  • ‘Magnusson has music in him that is simply astounding’ The Age
  • ‘A significant voice on the Australian Jazz scene’ The Age
  • ‘Lithe and tempestuous, wonderfully Fluid’ Gerry Coster
  • ‘This guy can really play!’ Charlie Hunter
  • ‘One of the most important trio’s in the country’ Paul Grabowsky