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Stephan Moccio, BMus’94, is one of the world’s brightest composers and producers. From Olympic anthems to chart-topping hits, Moccio keeps millions around the world singing melodies from his songbook. And he found his rhythm at Western.

Biography

In the landscape of contemporary music, Stephan Moccio stands apart as somewhat of an anomaly. His talent makes him a musical savant – he’s an artist, composer, performer, producer, arranger, and conductor – and his ambition has brought him success in all of his many roles. His fans know the story well; a classically-trained pianist with a publishing deal by his early 20s, Moccio penned the multi-platinum No. 1 hits A New Day Has Come by Celine Dion and I Believe by Nikki Yanofsky, the latter of which became the official theme of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games held in Vancouver. He’s also won widespread praise for his work as a solo artist. In a glowing review of his music, Billboard Magazine wrote that “Moccio’s piano acts as the poet’s pen.”

Most recently in January 2016, he received a nomination for an Academy Award, in the category of Best Original Song, for Earned It, a song he co-wrote and co-produced with The Weeknd for the film, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Stephan has also written songs for Olivia Newton-John and international chanteuse Hayley Westenra, as well as pop sensations JC Chasez (former *NSYNC) and Nick Lachey, and Canadian icons Randy Bachman, Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, Edwin, Philosopher Kings and Prozzak.

As an arranger, Stephan has worked with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and is regarded internationally as one of the world's premier talents.

Stephan's musical life began with piano lessons at the age of 4. After an award-winning career through adolescence, he went on to complete an honours degree in composition and piano performance at Western University. He was offered a scholarship to the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, but instead chose to focus on developing his professional career and matured as a songwriter, producer, arranger and performer, leaving in 2003 to form his own publishing company, Sing Little Penguin Inc.

Stephan's talent as both a performer and entertainer has taken him across Canada several times, touring with notable artists from the Sony Music roster. He has shared the stage with Randy Bachman, Sophie Milman, and was a featured artist at former US President Bill Clinton's 60th birthday celebration in Toronto, alongside Josh Groban, Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah McLachlan and James Taylor. Stephan was invited to return for a second year as the featured performer at the prestigious Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame Gala where he performed for a celebrated audience, including inductee Joni Mitchell.

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