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Steve Newcomb : Associate Artist

Photo of Steve Newcomb

Photo: Shirin Borthwick

Australian pianist and composer Steve Newcomb completed doctoral study (composition) in New York City with Jim McNeely at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). A Master's student in jazz piano performance at MSM from 1999-2001, his mentors included Kenny Barron, Garry Dial, John Riley, Mike Abene and the late Manny Albam.

Newcomb's recent projects in Australia include the duo with the distinctive and creative vocalist/lyricist Hannah Macklin, with whom he released Paper Cranes in 2010, and the 10-piece West End Composers Collective, which has released two highly acclaimed studio albums, Downstream and Driving Hat.

Newcomb completed his Bachelor of Music degree in orchestral trombone performance and, at the time, also 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 Newcomb include the DVD Ben Folds and WASO: Live in Perth, the Katie Noonan and the Captains album Emperor's Box, featuring 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 the Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands).

Newcomb has taught in clinics and workshops around the world, and holds a teaching position at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music 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.

Steve Newcomb — current to November 2013