Early Background To Present Day
Growing up in London, England during the 1970’s and 80’s were fraught with challenges and perplexities. Although not formally diagnosed, it was later apparent that Steven suffered from severe depression. This fragile mental state was channelled into creative pursuits such as exploring musical expression through composition. These early tinkerings allowed him a portal by which to express himself and his own journey of self-realization.
Immigrating to Canada marked a significant turning point. Attending the University of Toronto allowed for greater creative outlets, and a simmering passion to take root. It wasn’t until his early 30’s that Steven was afforded the opportunity to study piano more formally, and then subsequently music theory and composition.
Steven now creates a range of works, with an emphasis on the short-form genre—his muse being to offer the listener both the darker and more satiric shades of human existence.
Teachers & training
After having completed both Advanced Harmony and Analysis at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Steven studied composition with Strasbourg-based Canadian Composer, Samuel Andreyev; as well as with jazz Composer and Performer, Noam Lemish.
For the past eight years, Steven has worked with advisor and mentor Alexander (Sasha) Rapoport, Music Faculty Professor & Composer at the University of Toronto, to further hone his composition skills and stylistic approach. He continues to check in with Sasha, who is now located in Vienna, to bounce around new ideas, gain inspiration, and evolve his craft.