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Active as a classical and jazz pianist and composer, Stephen Prutsman began performing in his teens with several art rock bands and was a regular on a nationally syndicated gospel television show. A medal winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in the 1990s, he has served as Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Cartagena International Music Festival. He is also a composer and arranger, and his music has been performed by leading classical and popular artists, including the Kronos and St. Lawrence quartets, Tom Waits, Leon Fleisher, Dawn Upshaw, and the Silk Road Ensemble. Passionate about the plight of the developmentally disabled, Stephen Prutsman cofounded the nonprofit organization Autism Fun Bay Area.