Steve Law is a composer with a gift for writing memorable melodies in an approachable, deeply felt modern popular style. His music fuses together pop, jazz and classical harmony with catchy rhythms into an original and meaningful voice.
Steve is also a pianist with a wide range of repertoire and interests.
Originally from North West London Steve lives in East Sussex with his wife. He studied music at Bristol University under Raymond Warren and received a Master’s degree in composition for his jazz inspired opera ‘Heaven on Earth’ – which was described as ‘a significant contribution to the genre’. 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 Jack Gibbons, Rena Fruchter and the late BBC Broadcaster Geoffrey Stern which have been performed in the UK and America.
Steve’s compositions include an opera, piano works (including 3 sonatas), chamber pieces, songs, an 80s Symphony and a Violin Concerto which was premiered in Harrow in 2015 by Mark Wilson and the composer at the piano.
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 to meet Dudley in London in 1999 and talk about Dudley’s music and It isn’t even if from Heaven on earth which Steve dedicated to Dudley.
In 2009 Musicweb International reviewed and described his first CD of piano music as ‘kaleidoscopically varied works……engagement with melody, impressionistic atmosphere, jazzy syncopation….slowly burning passion’.
Steve’s Violin Concerto received it’s orchestral premier in Scotland in June 2017 with soloist Mark Wilson and Paul Wood conducting Ayr Camerata.
In August 2018 Steve’s ‘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’s latest album is ‘Making Tracks’ (2020) and a further album of acoustic piano versions of some of his most memorable tunes will be available later in the year.
Steve is currently composing a piano concerto for 2021, a piano trio and choral music.
As a pianist Steve is versatile in many genres. He has given recitals of ragtime and jazz (both as a soloist and accompanist) as well as his own note for note transcriptions of Gershwin and others. He also plays many classical composers such as Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Prokofiev. Steve has a long association with the music of Gershwin, Billy Mayerl and Scott Joplin. He has also performed works by contemporaries Lionel Sainsbury and Geoffrey Stern.
In recent years in London Steve has performed at St James Piccadilly, ‘Classical Partners’, The Halo Project, St George’s Bloomsbury, The Royal National Hotel, St. George’s Pinner, 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 each year.