Stephen Schlaks was born into music. Stephen is the product of a musical family that lived and enjoyed life in New York City. The first five years of his life were an introduction to the music of the great classical composers such as Tchaikovsky, Beethoven Brahms, etc. Stephen’s mother, an accomplished pianist, stressed the value of a strong musical education. Stephen and his mother would spend hour upon hour listening to music of every kind. Classical music as well as music from the great American songbook such as Frank Sinatra and Doris Day etc. Music would be ingrained in Stephen, and it became part of him. It set the course for his future life.
At the age of seven, Stephen began piano lessons which began his great love of of a classical music education which culminated with his studies with Stefan Wolpe and Raoul Pleskow who were well known and brilliant composers of modern classical music. While studying, Stephen began to conceptualize ideas for what is now termed “The New Romantic Music”. In short, Stephen began to incorporate popular musical rhythms and melodies with classical orchestrations. Stephen believed that a market for this style of music existed and he began to compose, record and publish his ideas.