Hailed for his passionate and virtuosic piano playing by the East Hampton Star, Stijn De Cock has been a major prize winner in multiple competitions, including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts Young Artist Competition, the Poland International Music Festival Piano Competition and the Prix des Jeunes and Lions Club music competitions in Belgium.
Dr. De Cock has performed in prestigious music festivals in the US, Italy, France, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, and Spain, including the International Youth Music Festival in Philadelphia, the Interventions New Music Festival at the Great Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, the Prague International Piano Masterclasses, Gijón International Piano Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons and PianoTexas. Last summer Mr. De Cock performed in faculty recitals, presented masterclasses and lecture-recitals in Naples, Amalfi, and Maiori, Italy, as part of the Amalfi Coast International Music and Arts Festival.
Dr. De Cock has taught and held positions in universities that include Schoolcraft College, the University of Michigan, and Albion College. He presently serves on the piano faculty of the State University of New York Fredonia. His own conservatory training started at the young age of fifteen, when he was admitted to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels as a student of Evgeny Mogilevsky, a former student of Heinrich Neuhaus, Moscow Conservatory's legendary teacher whose students included Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, and Radu Lupu. Dr. De Cock graduated from the Royal Conservatory with a Premier Prix, and also holds a Master’s Degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, which he pursued under tutelage of Logan Skelton. Participating in numerous masterclasses around the world, De Cock has received guidance from pianists such as Claude Frank, Robert McDonald, Yehoved Kaplinsky, Julian Martin, Matti Raekallio, Boris Slutsky, and Malcolm Bilson.
Dr. De Cock is currently working on a recording project with celebrated soprano Jennifer Goltz, recording a collection of artsongs by 20th-century Jewish-American composer Ignatz Waghalter. Recent concert appearances include a fellowship at the Toradze Piano Institute at Indiana University South Bend and an appearance with the Nałęczów Chamber Orchestra in Poland. De Cock is an active member of the American Liszt Society, the College Music Society, and an institutional representative and member of MTNA. His students have won prizes at state and international piano competitions, gained admission to competitive undergraduate and graduate college programs and participated in international music festivals. Together with his wife Sarah (mezzo-soprano), De Cock organizes and presents benefit and community outreach recitals in churches and community centers around Michigan.