A pianist whose professional career has shined with many facets, Delores Stevens achieved early success by winning the coveted Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena California. Later, as a member of the Montagnana Trio, she was to give over 500 concerts throughout Europe and North America.
Delores Stevens has received many accolades for her inspired performances of contemporary music. For example, Los Angeles Times music critic Daniel Cariaga described her collaboration with violinist Paul Zukovsky as "...the definitive performance." And Newsweek's Alan Rich wrote, "She tamed (this) energetic, unruly, immensely challenging music with splendid technique... All of her program demonstrated her special mastery."
At home on the international concert stage, Delores Stevens toured Japan twice in the 90's; most recently under the auspices of the US State Department. She has recorded for 16 different record labels in all genres of music from Hindemith to Mozart, and her solo piano CD recording Pilgrimage is available on the Dominguez Digital label. Always a tireless champion of new music, she has commissioned and premiered works by more than two dozen composers and has been winner of the prestigious Performer Award from the National Association of Composers. In addition, in 1988 she was awarded a 6-year Touring Solo Artist Grant from he California Arts Council.
Co-founder and co-artistic director of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society, she has also served three terms as governor of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) in Los Angeles. Delores Stevens is currently director of piano studies at California State University Dominguez Hills and of chamber music at Mount Saint Mary's College, where she also directs a popular series of chamber music concerts.