"...an inspired and brilliantly constructive improviser...a technically superb musician and gifted composer". The Herald
Euan Stevenson is an award winning Scottish pianist/composer working in jazz, classical and pop fields. He has performed in concerts and masterclasses throughout the UK and the USA. His music has been broadcast on BBC iplayer, Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 2 and 3, Jazz FM, and film and TV work includes music for the 2018 feature film Voyageuse and the BBC 2 Horizon documentary: The Right Diet For You.
Besides various session work and private tuition, Euan currently spends the majority of his time performing, writing, arranging and producing for the following three projects/artists:
- NEW FOCUS - a jazz/classical crossover project with saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski.
- GEORGIA CÉCILE - the fast rising Scottish vocalist/songwriter.
- EUAN STEVENSON: COMPOSER - light classical/soundtrack compositions for solo piano, chamber ensembles and choirs.
A former student of London based jazz pianist Liam Noble, Euan has worked with some of the top players on the UK Jazz scene including trumpeter Enrico Tomasso, saxophonist Martin Kershaw and legendary guitarist Jim Mullen. His tasteful accompanying skills have underpinned the vocals of numerous singers, notably Nikki King, Matthew Ford and Anita Wardell.
A fan of the direct and intimate dialogue afforded by the duo format, in recent years Stevenson has enjoyed duetting with several virtuoso performers in their field - 'four hands-two piano' concerts with UK jazz piano maestro Dave Newton , guitar and piano duo with Danish touring guitarist Jacob Fischer and a piano/tap duo with extraordinary New York tap dancer Andrew Nemr.
Collaborating with Scottish saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski, Stevenson created a cinematic soundscape of original compositions for jazz quartet, string quartet and harp for a concert premiered at The 2011 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. The inspiration was Eddie Sauter and Stan Getz's 1962 album FOCUS and the Stevenson/Wiszniewski collaboration became NEW FOCUS. The following year the album NEW FOCUS was launched on Whirlwind Recordings at the 2012 London Jazz Festival to widespread critical acclaim, becoming the only jazz 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 at which Stevenson also collected the "Emerging Artist" award and was shortly afterwards nominated for The Paul Hamlyn Composers Awards.
A second album NEW FOCUS ON SONG was released on the Whirlwind label in August 2016, cementing Stevenson's reputation as a highly skilled pianist and composer, capable of moving freely between jazz and classical idioms. NEW FOCUS continue to perform regularly in duo, quartet and nonet formats, their highly melodic, genre defying music sufficiently accessible to attract new audiences beyond jazz, as borne out by recent sell out shows at Ronnie Scott's in London supporting the popular jazz/funk group The James Taylor Quartet and in January 2018 at The Glasgow Royal Concert Halls supporting the legendary Afro Cuban All Stars of Buena Vista Social Club fame.
Tipped as 'One To Watch' by BBC Introducing, Georgia Cécile is an accomplished vocalist and songwriter whose 'stock' is firmly on the rise. Also from a jazz and classical background and having performed and co-written songs with Stevenson for a number of years, the pair are now achieving a level of song writing maturity that allows them to fulfil their goal of producing honest, sophisticated songs that are accessible to the wider marketplace. In live performances in clubs and festivals throughout the UK (recently the 606 Club in London and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival), fresh arrangements of jazz standards sit comfortably alongside their own material. In the studio, Stevenson is arranging and co-producing the music for Georgia's debut release with producer/engineer Stuart McCredie (The Fratellis/Codeine Velvet Club/Maeve O'Boyle).
euan stevenson: composer
In October 2017, a decade after the release of his first solo piano album Portraits, Preludes and Landscapes, Stevenson recorded a body of piano music ranging from his own light classical compositions and abstract miniature improvisations (Mikrovisations), to variations on standards, classical and traditional themes. Performing on a majestic Blüthner 1 Concert Grand in the Filharmonia Recital Room in Rzeszów, Poland, the album entitled: Rzeszów Solo Piano Variations is due for release later in 2019.
A commission to write two movements of a choral suite for The Firelands Symphony Chorale in Ohio, USA (due for premier in May 2019) led Stevenson to embark upon arranging several of his classical compositions for choir. Dollar Academy Chamber Choir have commissioned Euan to write a Missa Brevis (Kyrie, Gloria and Agnus Dei) in celebration of the school's Bicentenary year and will premier the work at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh in March 2019. He is also midway through a project recording his classical/soundtrack pieces for piano trio with internationally renowned flautist Katherine Bryan and RSNO cellist Betsy Taylor.
Formerly a keyboard harmony lecturer at Strathclyde University, Euan now tutors a number of piano and composition students at the University of Glasgow and also gives private tuition at home. Notable pupils of his, now making names for themselves on the UK Jazz scene include Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2018 winner Fergus McCreadie and saxophonist Matt Carmichael. He teaches annually on The Richard Michael Summer Jazz School and as a musician affiliated with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is involved with leading workshops in improvisation and spontaneous composition.