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Kings, Steven (piano)

Steven Kings (piano)

Steven Kings received his musical training at the King’s School in Worcester, St John's College Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying the piano with Phyllis Palmer and Terence Beckles. He has performed around the country as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, beginning in the 1980s when he was a founder-member of the New Chamber Players in London. In recent years he has formed a piano duo partnership with Christopher Northam. Over the past few years his solo repertoire has included sonatas by Beethoven, Berg, and Scriabin, as well as music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Feldman, Gershwin, Janácek, Ligeti, Liszt, Messiaen, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Scarlatti, Stravinsky and Webern. He has appeared as the piano soloist in Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Lambert’s Rio Grande.

Steven lives in Bristol where he is in constant demand as an accompanist to choirs, vocal soloists, and instrumentalists. He is currently the accompanist and assistant chorus master to the Bristol Choral Society and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. He is conductor of Thornbury Choral Society and also of his own recently-formed chamber choir, New Bristol Voices.

Steven is an active and successful composer. In 1985 he won the Young Composers’ Competition at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with Snapshots for flute, saxophone, ‘cello, bass and percussion. His red land spring was a prize winner in the Tong International Piano Duet Competition in 2002 and received performances in London and Tokyo. His haiku mass, for choir and brass, was nominated for a British Composer Award in 2003, and Songs of Mary and Simeon (a setting of the Canticles) was performed during the 2005 Three Choirs Festival in Worcester. In recent years he has fulfilled a number of other commissions for instrumental and choral works, and his music is regularly performed in Bristol and beyond.


Pitts: Airs & Fantasias
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works

7 Airs & Fantasias (Pitts)
Air 1: Gentle interweaving  
Air 2: After Satie  
Air 3: On an anagram  
Air 4: Sarabande  
Air 5: Calmly contented  
Air 6: Modal twist  
Air 7: Cantabile mist  
Are you going? for piano triet (Pitts)
Changes for 20 nifty fingers (Pitts)
Fantasia 1: Clockwork 5/4  
Fantasia 2 (for prepared piano): On the Westminster chimes  
Fantasia 3: Parallel octaves  
Fantasia 4: Wind chimes  
Fantasia 5: Bells in 9/8  
Fantasia 6: Half-second-hand  
Fantasia 7: All in a chord  
Toccata (Pitts)

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