Steve joined the SCO in 1984, and balances playing around the world with some of today’s most influential musicians with his role as Director of Music at Heriot-Watt University. He started playing at the age of 7, going on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, before working for the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
As a composer, Steve has had his works played throughout the country, on television and radio and has won various awards to further his research into the link between composition, education and the community. Steve is also sought after throughout Scotland as a conductor, exploring both contemporary and mainstream repertoire. As a music educationalist and facilitator, Steve has led numerous creative music projects, successfully raising the profile of music as a tool for teambuilding and group development skills, including with high profile businesses.
In 2005 Steve was awarded an MBE for services to music. In 2006 he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the International Rotary Foundation in recognition of his dedicated service to music in the community. In 2009 Steve was awarded an Honorary Doctorate [D.Litt.] by Heriot-Watt University.
And when he is not working? Steve and wife Anne launch their boat and motor to a very remote area of the West Coast where they have a ‘butt ‘n ben’ [small cottage]. Here is the place to chill, cook, and catch up on life – it’s also a wonderful place to create and write!
You can explore Steve's Desert Island Discs here.