Steve Newcomb
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Steve Newcomb
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Pianist/Composer

Australian pianist and composer Steve Newcomb undertook doctoral study in New York City with Jim McNeely at the Manhattan School of Music. His studies led him to the United States from 1999-2001 to complete a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School, among his teachers were Kenny Barron, Garry Dial, Dave Liebman, John Riley, Mike Abene and the late Manny Albam. Mr. Newcomb completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Orchestral Trombone performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and at this time toured with the Queensland Youth Symphony to Japan and Korea.

A love and appreciation for orchestral repertoire has been a large influence on his music, and in recent years has developed into a growing output of orchestrations and compositions for various symphonic ensembles. Recordings that feature orchestral arrangements by Steve include the DVD “Ben Folds and WASO: Live in Perth,” the Katie Noonan and The Captains album “Emperor’s Box,” featuring members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Katie and Maggie Noonan album “Two of a Kind” with the Queensland Symphony. He has also had his work performed by the Sydney, Adelaide (Australia), Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras (USA), and Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands).
Steve is currently working on a commission for the chamber group Southern Cross Soloists in collaboration with writer Benjamin Law, and continuing his collaboration with Katie Noonan on a piece for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival called Love-song circus. His recent string writing also accompanied Katie Noonan and Elixir on their 2011 ARIA award winning album “First Seed Ripening”. As a pianist, he appears on two highly acclaimed recordings by the group VNMG (featuring Will Vinson, Thomas Morgan and Peter Gabis), which bear the titles “Short Stories: People, Places, Times,” and “Down Homeless.” He has also led the 10-piece West End Composers Collective in two studio albums and an Australian tour. In 2011 he debuted SNO [STEVE NEWCOMB ORCHESTRA] in New York and will release a recording of this ensemble in 2012. Mr. Newcomb has shared the stage with a growing number of fine musicians in Australia and the USA, including Kristin Berardi, Karraikudi R Mani, Candido Camero, James Sherlock, Bobby Sanabria, Clocked Out duo, Katie Noonan, Isaac Hurren, Toby Wren, Gretchen Parlato, Obed Calvaire, Emma Pask, Jim Pugh, John Hoffman, Miroslav Bukovsky, Kim Thompson, James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Scott Tinkler, James Muller, Elliot Dalgleish, Sam Anning, George Garzone, Chris McNulty, Jacam Manricks, Danny Fischer, Paul Bollenback, Jamie Oehlers, Steve Magnusson, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra, among others. Steve’s unique touch on the piano has been heard across the globe in spaces such as Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Carnegie Hall, Cornelia Street Cafe (New York), A-Train (Berlin), Porgy and Bess (Austria), Gambrinus (Switzerland), Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Opera House, The Ellington Jazz Club, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Tanks Arts Centre, Bennetts Lane, Jazzworx (Australia).
Steve Newcomb has taught in clinics and workshops around the world, and is on the faculty at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He enjoys being active in community music programs where he has had the opportunity to mentor a number of up and coming musicians.

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