Stephen Ian Savage

clarinetist | composer | teacher


Stephen Ian Savage grew up in Westerville, Ohio and started studying clarinet at the age of 11. He now lives in Austin, Texas where he works as a prominent clarinetist, composer, teacher and music director.

As a clarinetist, he champions new and obscure works while pushing the technical and musical limits of the instrument. His playing has been featured on several feature-length and short films including Mark of War, My "Friend" Mick, and The Next Kill.

As a composer, his works explore thought-provoking and intensely emotional subject matter, tending to be 'cinematic' in style, influenced by film composition, live staging, and interactive media.

Stephen is the co-founder and co-director of the highly-acclaimed Auricle Chamber, a diverse ensemble dedicated to performing new and modern chamber music.

He performs as an electronic artist and multi-instrumentalist with the band "Nøkken + The Grim". He also teaches composition, music theory and clarinet in the Austin Independent School District, the Waldorf School, and his own private studio. He formerly taught as the music theory director at Clavier-Werke School of Music South.

Stephen currently studies composition from award-winning film composer, Brian Satterwhite, who hosts "Film Score Focus" on KMFA, Austin. Stephen holds a BM in Clarinet from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of music, and his former clarinet teachers include Jonathan N. Gunn, Richie Hawley, and David H. Thomas.

He is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and for all marginalized persons.


Upcoming Performances

  • The Auricle Chamber - Mirrors: Late Romantic Clarinet Quintets

Past Performances

  • SXSW Soundcheck Saturday with "Nøkken + The Grim" - March 11th, 2017
  • The Auricle Chamber - January 15th, 2017
    • Premiered: "And Thus" for piano trio, "Stranded on Enceladus", and "Overhead Freeway" for solo violin