Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Aaron Stampfl

Meet Dr. Aaron Stampfl

Degrees and Experience
  • D.M., Northwestern University
  • P.D., Indiana University
  • M.M., Indiana University
  • B.M., Wheaton College
Biography and Professional Achievements

Pianist Dr. Aaron Stampfl maintains an active solo and chamber concert schedule and has appeared at the Chicago Cultural Center and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. As a chamber artist, he performs regularly in a wide range of ensembles and genres. Stampfl has performed with renowned operatic tenor Lawrence Brownlee and Tony Award winning soul singer Heather Headley. He frequently collaborates with pianist Elena Cholakova, most recently performing the four-hand version of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” at Emory University and John Brown University.

An ardent Lisztian, Stampfl is a lifetime member of the American Liszt Society, frequently performing for Chicago/Midwest Chapter concerts as well as the national festival in 2017. His research has explored the inspiration for Franz Liszt’s “Italie” in his doctoral dissertation “Interpreting the Extra-Musical Associations of Liszt’s Deuxiéme Année: Italie.”

A multi-genre performer, Stampfl was a member of the Chicago-based indie-pop band Ultra Sonic Edukators. USE recorded under the direction of Brian Bell of the Grammy winning rock band Weezer and their release on YMA records earned them recognition from Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the best bands on MySpace. Among the many bands in which Stampfl has performed, he has shared the stage with acts such as Sleeping At Last, The Fray, Gregg Allman, and Local H.

Stampfl currently serves as coordinator of keyboard studies of piano at Colorado Christian University. He has formerly taught at DePaul University, Roosevelt University, and Wheaton College in Chicago.

Stampfl completed a doctorate in music at Northwestern University, studying piano with Alan Chow and Sylvia Wang. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Daniel Paul Horn. He studied piano and chamber music with Shigeo Neriki, Evelyn Brancart, and János Starker at Indiana University, receiving a master’s degree and performance diploma.