Stephen Girardi was born in Philadelphia, PA and began playing the guitar at age 6 under the tutelage of his grandfather and professional guitarist Dominic Girardi. At age 9 he then studied with Frank Marone, a great local swing guitarist and teacher from Vineland, NJ. At age 17 under the watchful eye of Bill Walton, he began to study music at the prestigious Sandole Studio in Philadelphia. Steve continued his musical studies at Berklee College of Music, Mannes College and Rowan University. Although these colleges proved very beneficial, his most profound musical influence came from a two-decade long relationship with world-renowned teacher Maestro Dennis Sandole. Steve has the unique distinction of being an Authorized Sandole Method Instructor, an honor given to him by the maestro himself after years of extensive study. Maestro Sandole was the teacher of jazz luminaries John Coltrane, Pat Martino, James Moody, Randy Brecker and Benny Golson. The Sandole approach to improvisation and composition is the cornerstone of Steve's music.
Jeff Cummins from The News Record stated "From the first note, Steve Girardi's music possesses an introspective feel that puts the listener in a mood to hear more and more and more."
A passionate performer Steve can be heard in any number of musical settings and genres. He has produced and released two critically acclaimed CD's "Within Inside" and "Blue Sky with Tears".
As a film composer his original music can be heard in the short film "Bartleby" by New Waves Productions.
Steve is an adjunct music professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the founder and owner of the Girardi Music Studio located in Madison, New Jersey.