Stig is an internationally acclaimed pianist and vocalist. He’s a storyteller of the highest caliber. Featuring the music of Elton John, Billy Joel, Cat Stevens, Harry Chapin, and other greats, an audience is transported on a journey of mirth, whimsy, loss, and redemption. Not unlike the man himself. With three passports, longtime residences in Los Angeles, Vancouver Island, and New Zealand, careers in acting, voice-overs, and music, and a passion for socializing, Stig has a few stories of his own to tell.
The truth be known, it all started with the humble accordion at the age of seven. Naturally gregarious, he played for everyone who would listen. This led to his film debut in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”, starring Don Knotts – at the age of thirteen. His new-found love of acting introduced him to a theatre company called ‘The Covenant Players’, and by the age of 20, and 1200 performances later, Stig had played across America, Canada, Europe, and Russia. Career highlights include television roles in Hercules and Xena, film roles in “Dick Tracy” and “King Kong”, the lead role of ‘Long John Silver’ in “Return to Treasure Island”, and a lead role in Auckland Theatre Company’s, “Twelve Angry Men” which was votedplay of the Millenium in New Zealand.
Musically, at the age of 14, Stig turned from the accordion to the piano, and the world changed for him. Instead of the ‘geek’ on the squeezebox, now it was theman at the piano. In his early twenties, he toured with bands throughout the States and Canada, culminating in a tour with Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix, Santana) to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. He played for Joe Cocker’s birthday. As a solo artist, he found his stride, entertaining in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Vancouver, Sydney, and Los Angeles. It was while playing at the Playboy Club in L.A. that Stig was asked to come to New Zealand to play for the grand opening of the Chancery Tavern & Restaurant in Christchurch. That was 1983.
After festivals in Marlborough, Christchurch, Queenstown, and Nelson, the America’s Cup Series in Auckland, three seasons of the New Zealand musical, “RUSH”, the voice of Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors” with Mark Hadlow, Stig is back home in Sumner contemplating his next moves…