B i o g r a p h y
Composer Steven Kennedy studied composition under Roger Hannay, Paul Goldstaub, Allen Gimble, and Carl Kittleson. He resides in New England where he continues to create music, teach, perform and review music.
His Improvs for Hope album was created during the recent COVID pandemic. The piano music was part of a series of direct improvisations intended for relaxation or meditation. He also released a third album featuring piano versions of music from his various music theater projects: Off 2 Broadway. in 2022, he released his first holiday album Wondering in Silence.
The Marian Sonata for violin and piano was recorded March 2018 by Vit Muzik and Lucie Kaucka for Parma Records and released on In Tandem.
He has collaborated with Brian Vinero on several projects, most recently, Mark the Halls, The Tinsel in the Toilet and Chantecler (from an adaptation of Rostand's masterpiece). The Magnificent Ambersons (one of several “openings” at NMTE’s 2014 Fringe Show) and The Jurgens File (selections heard at the February 2013 NMTE Showcase) were their first joint projects.
See the WORKS LIST page for a more complete list of all pieces. Many scores are available through the J.W. Pepper and Score Exchange pages linked in the above menu. These can also be accessed with links on the Works List page as well. Other scores can be requested directly.
His Festival Psalm was a finalist for the ALCM’s Raabe Prize. Recent performances include: Rejoice!-A Holiday Overture; Toccata for Orchestra; If We But Move to Light for strings; "Toccata for Band" ,"Pavane for Flute and Piano", "Hymn for Bassoon and Piano"; "Hymn" from the Suite for Orchestra; Convergence, commissioned by the Century College Chamber Orchestra (available on YouTube); and a band transcription of "The Night We Danced" for wind band from his Reflections CD.
In addition to composing, Steve freelances as a film music reviewer/commentator, bassoonist, conductor, and keyboardist. A respected reviewer, his analyses of film and video game music appear in Film Score Monthly, Film Music Review, and on his personal blog Cinemusical. Many of his reviews can also be found on composer, performer, and label sites.
For public performances, or to commission a new work, you can contact him with an email from this site. Music is available through the 2 score links above. Steven is a member of The Dramatist's Guild, BMI, American Composer’s Forum, and International Film Music Critics Association.