Steve Law is a composer with a unique voice and a gift for melody. His music combines classical, jazz and pop influences in a popular, expressive and appealing modern style which abounds with memorable tunes and catchy rhythm.
Steve is also a versatile pianist and a published arranger known as one of the most accurate transcribers of piano recordings into sheet music.
Steve was born in London and now lives with his wife in East Sussex, England. He studied music at Bristol University under Raymond Warren and Wyndham Thomas and received a Master’s degree in composition for his jazzy three act opera Heaven on Earth which was described as ‘a significant contribution to the genre’.
Musicweb International reviewed and described his first CD of original piano music as ‘kaleidoscopically varied works……engagement with melody, impressionistic atmosphere, jazzy syncopation….slowly burning passion’.
Steve recently written an exciting and memorable new Piano Concerto (2021). It was recorded by the pianist Joseph Havlat with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by David Watkin at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in July 2022. Steve received an award for the concerto recording from the Oppenheim-John Memorial Trust which will be released on the Navona label distributed by Naxos on April 28th 2023.
In August 2018 Steve’s songs ‘3 Poems by Lorna Law’ were enthusiastically received at Harrow Summer Music – performed by Ferrier Award winning baritone Gareth Brynmor John with the composer at the piano.
Steve has made composed and recorded six CD albums, the latest being Making Tracks.
Steve’s compositions include an opera, piano works (including 2 sonatas), songs, chamber pieces, an 80s Symphony and a Violin Concerto which received it’s orchestral premier in Scotland in 2017 by Mark Wilson with Paul Wood conducting Ayr Camerata.
Steve’s transcriptions of Dudley Moore’s music are published by Faber. He has made many arrangements (piano, instrumental and orchestral), for musicians such as Rena Fruchter, Jack Gibbons (Fats Waller), Brian Dallow and the late BBC Broadcaster Geoffrey Stern which have been performed in the UK and America.
As a pianist Steve has a long association with the music of Gershwin, Billy Mayerl and Scott Joplin. He has often perfromed his own note for note transcriptions of Gershwin and Dudley Moore amongst others as well as his own compositions and favourite composers such as Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Prokofiev. He has performed works by contemporaries Lionel Sainsbury, Kapustin and Geoffrey Stern and accompanied singers in jazz, pop and classical music.
In 2012-13 Steve played a series of unique musical tribute concerts recreating the music and jazz playing of Dudley Moore. Steve was fortunate to be invited by Dudley to meet in London in 1999 after Steve dedicated a piano transcription to Dudley of his music for the film Bedazzled. Steve’s song It Isn’t Even If from Heaven on Earth was also dedicated to Dudley.
In London Steve has performed at St James Piccadilly, for ‘Classical Partners‘, The Halo Project, St. George’s Bloomsbury, The Royal National Hotel, St. George’s Pinner, St. Paul’s Hammersmith, the Harrow Museum and St. John’s Harrow. He co-founded Harrow Summer Music in 2014 with pianist-composer Neil Crossland where Steve also performs.