“Stephan Moccio has the rare gift of delivering emotionally charged talesÂ of love, loss and hope without words. His piano acts as the poetâ€™s pen,Â carrying the listener to wholly realized places that appear as specific as ifÂ they were called out in a chorus…profoundexpressionism…”Â Billboard Magazine
In the landscape of contemporary music, populated largely by those who pick a formulaÂ and stick to it, Stephan Moccio stands apart as somewhat of an anomaly. His talentÂ makes him a musical savant â€“ heâ€™s an artist, composer, pianist, performer, producer,Â and conductor â€“ and his ambition has brought him international success in all of hisÂ â€œThe promise of possibility, using music to take people somewhere they havenâ€™t been â€“Â that has always been at the heart of what I do.â€
The innovation that runs throughoutÂ Moccioâ€™s work is what has made him a luminary within some of the worldâ€™s mostÂ prestigious artistic circles and won him fans worldwide, and itâ€™s what continues to driveÂ him. Iâ€™m not afraid of new ideas because I believe people are intelligent and enjoy beingÂ challenged, however I also understand that the music people remember has somethingÂ familiar about it,â€ he says. His ability to seamlessly blend new and old is part of whatÂ makes his music so innovative. â€œI think that focusing too much on chasing whatever theÂ latest trend is risks cheapening the art,â€ he continues, â€œbut if you arenâ€™t willing to tryÂ something new, to push yourself to see whatâ€™s possible, you end up being mediocre byÂ recycling old ideas. I try to find the perfect balance between the two.â€
The symmetry that Moccio weaves into his music informs not only the way it sounds,Â but also how he creates it. â€œThereâ€™s a very spontaneous aspect in my work. Iâ€™m aÂ visceral composer, and I find inspiration everywhere.â€Â His music is boundless because it contains something of everything, blending beautyÂ with strength, subtlety with fearlessness, and wisdom with passion. His work bears theÂ mark of an artistry all his own, at once immediate and elusive, lingering just beyond theÂ reach of words but animate and unmistakable in his music. And for as much as heâ€™sÂ already done, Moccio is poised for even greater heights, always innovating in defianceÂ of a world of absolutes and bridging the space between what is and what can be.
He co-wrote and co-produced the two end credit songs for theÂ Fifty Shades of Grey movie – Earned It (The Weeknd) and “I Know You” (Skylar Grey). He also co-wrote Miley Cyrus’ single Wrecking Ball from her 2013 studio album Bangerz. He co-wroteÂ Celine Dion’s hit “A New Day Has Come” with Aldo Nova, which reached and held the numberÂ one spot on the Billboard AC Chart for a record breaking 21 weeks. For the Vancouver 2010Â Winter Olympics, Moccio co-wrote the theme song â€œI Believeâ€ performed by Nikki Yanofsky. HeÂ has collaborated with such artists as Seal, Ellie Goulding, Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith, SarahÂ Brightman, Josh Groban, John Legend, BeBe Winans, Gladys Knight, Randy Jackson, DJ Khalil,Â Carole Bayer Sager, JC Chasez, Fergie, Kardinal Offishall, BC Jean, Planet VI, Boi-1da, as aÂ songwriter, musician and producer. Moccio was one of the three judges on Canada’s GotÂ Talent, alongside comedian Martin Short.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY â€¢ HIGHLIGHTS
EARNED IT (Fifty Shades of Grey)Â co-writer â€¢ producer â€¢ piano â€¢ performed by The WeekndÂ #3 Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #1 Top 40 and R&B/Hip Hop charts
WRECKING BALLÂ co-writer â€¢ piano â€¢ performed by Miley CyrusÂ #1 Billboard Hot 100 Chart (3 weeks) â€¢ International multi-platinum awards
OLYMPIC THEME â€¢ 2010 VANCOUVER WINTER GAMESÂ composer â€¢ producer â€¢ conductor. Â Montreal Symphony Orchestra â€¢ Toronto Symphony OrchestraÂ #1 Billboard Canadian Hot 100 (4 weeks) â€¢ 5x platinum
A NEW DAY HASCOMEÂ co-writer â€¢ piano â€¢ performed by CÃ©line DionÂ #1 Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart (21 weeks) â€¢ International multi-platinum awards
ORCHESTRAL NATIONAL HOCKEY AND BASEBALL THEMESÂ composer â€¢ producer â€¢ conductorÂ LA Philharmonic (members of) â€¢ 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage, LA
EXPOSURE â€¢ COLORÂ two critically acclaimed solo piano albums â€¢ Bijou Records/UniversalMusic
SELECTED MUSICAL â€¢ ORCHESTRAL COLLABORATORS
John Legend â€¢ Seal â€¢ Trevor Horn â€¢ Skylar Grey â€¢ David Foster â€¢ Ne-Yo â€¢ Gladys Knight â€¢ William Ross â€¢Â Sarah Brightman â€¢ Josh Groban â€¢ Toronto Symphony Orchestra â€¢ MontrÃ©al Symphony Orchestra â€¢Â Boston Pops Orchestra â€¢ Los AngelesPhilharmonic
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