Steve Crowther was born and bred in Bradford. The gritty character, social issues and difficulties, as well as the integrity of the city community itself, has been hugely influential and has informed both the content and subject matter of his compositions.
After studying music at Sussex University with both Jonathan Harvey and Michael Finnissy, Steve has been lucky enough to work with many leading musicians including the Smith Quartet, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, who toured the string quartet Break on Through, the London Sinfonietta, Ian Pace and many others.
Steve Crowther was a finalist in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival’s Young Composers’ Competition (1987) and was awarded the first, and quite possibly last, City of York Council Composers’ Bursary Award in 1995 for the string quartet A Song for Salford. In 1991 Steve and composer David Power formed the acclaimed Late Music Festival, which has now simply become Late Music.
Samples of Steve’s music can be heard at www.soundcloud.com/steve-crowther.