Stefan Grasse was born in Munich, Germany in 1962 and studied jazz and classical guitar with Peter O’Mara (Munich Jazz School), Kurt Hiesl (Nuernberg Conservatory), Phillip Thorne (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow) and Pepe Romero (International Summer Academy, Salzburg).
He has been awarded Bavarian Radio scholarships, the Royal Scottish Academy’s „Guitar Challenge Prize 1991“, the „Scottish Society of Composers’ Award 1991“, the City of Nuernberg Cultural Award 1996 and the Cultural Award 2004 of the Kulturforum Franken, Germany. Stefan Grasse has given over 1,800 concerts in Europe, Australia, Argentina, Turkey, China and the U.S.A. (including the „Concierto de Aranjuez“).
Since 1993 he has released 13 CDs, ranging from the music of German composers, Steve Reich, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Baden Powell, Isaac Albeniz to Astor Piazzolla and his own compositions. In 2008 Sony BMG chose Stefan’s version of „Verano porteño“ for their compilation CD „World Tour - Tango Passion“ with original tracks by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla.
Amongst many others, mostly commissioned by himself, Stefan Grasse has given first performances of works by Janet Beat, Volker Blumenthaler, Dieter Buwen, Greg Caffrey, John Maxwell Geddes, Heinrich J. Hartl (including a guitar concerto), Nicky Hind, Stefan Hippe, Adriana Hölszky, Samuel Magrill, Edward McGuire, Vivienne Olive, Steve Reich and Thomas B. Wilson.
Stefan Grasse lives as a freelance concert guitarist and producer in Nuremberg, Germany, where he is also artistic director of the "Nuremberg Guitar Nights" and teacher at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Stefan Grasse & Ensemble Stefan Grasse (guitar) Masa Bertok Duh (flute) Eddie McGuire (flute) Suyeon Kang (violin) Radek Szarek (vibraphone, marimba, cajon) Tobias Kalisch (double bass) Peter Anderson (bodhrán)