Euan Stevenson

Pianist / Composer

​Scottish pianist/composer Euan Stevenson combines classical, jazz, and pop influences suffused with Scotland's own musical heritage to create innovative music that is "lush, modern and brilliantly accessible". BBC Radio Scotland

"Stevenson confirms himself as a composer and arranger of great style, as well as a pianist with an elegant, coolly considered improviser's touch..."
  • 5 Stars, The Scottish Herald 

"Here's proof from Scotland that the quest for the thinking person's fusion still offers no end of possibilities...a clutch of concise, hauntingly original pieces"
  • The Sunday Times

Euan Stevenson is an award winning Scottish pianist and composer, working in jazz, classical and pop fields. 

"...an inspired and brilliantly constructive improviser...a technically superb musician and gifted composer". The Herald

 

Euan has performed in concerts and masterclasses throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, as well as broadcasts on BBC Radio and television. From an early age he showed a natural aptitude for improvisation. Classically trained, by his mid teens jazz had become his primary focus. In 1999, he won a Ronnie Scott scholarship to study jazz piano with Liam Noble at Birmingham Conservatoire before completing his degree at Birmingham University where he specialised in classical composition. 


Winner of the 'Emerging Artist Award' at the 2013 Scottish Jazz Awards...

Euan first gained wider critical recognition in 2011 with "New Focus" collaborating with Scottish saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski to create a unique soundscape of original compositions for jazz quartet, string quartet and harp. The resulting album launched on Whirlwind Recordings at the 2012 London Jazz Festival to widespread critical acclaim, becoming the only jazz/classical album to be short listed for the 2012 Scottish Album of the Year Award, and subsequently short listed for no less than five awards at the Scottish Jazz Awards the following year. A second album album New Focus on Song was released on Whirlwind Recordings in August 2016 - (the band broadcast live from the Southbank Centre on BBC Radio 3 and the album was regularly featured on Jazz FM) - cementing Stevenson's reputation as a highly origianal pianist and composer, capable of moving freely between jazz and classical idioms.


Other current projects...

are smaller in terms of instrumentation as Euan seeks to draw greater attention to his pianistic abilities, notably a project originally commissioned for 'The Piano' concert series at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls entitled 'Bartok: Mikrovisations' in which Stevenson performs a series of improvised miniature études inspired by Bela Bartok's Mikrokosmos. 

In duo format, Stevenson teams up with UK jazz piano maestro Dave Newton (12 times winner of British Jazz Pianist of the Year!) for virtuosic "re-imaginings" of classic jazz standards. He also performs duo with Danish guitarist Jacob Fischer. Meanwhile, original compositions (and also standards) supply the material for melodic duo interplay with NEW FOCUS partner saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski.


A highly sought after vocal accompanist...

Euan has performed and toured with countless top jazz singers, notably Matthew Ford (BBC Proms), Nikki King, Anita Wardell and U.S. singer Carla Cook. He also accompanies and co writes songs for Georgia Cecile. As a sideman he has worked with some of the finest instrumentalists on the UK Jazz scene including trumpeter Enrico Tomasso, guitarist Jim Mullen and saxophonist Trish Clowes. He has also performed with Oscar Peterson’s former guitarist Ulf Wakenius. 

 

Writing commissions underway...

include a choral suite based on Hebrew texts composed for Norwalk High School Choir, Ohio as well as writing an avant-garde piano score for Voyageuse, the fourth feature film by Scottish film director/screenwriter May Miles Thomas in which actress Dame Sian Phillips narrates. 

AS AN EDUCATOR...

Euan teaches privately from home as well as performing in workshops, summer schools and masterclasses throughout the UK and abroad.