Winner of the 2013 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year and runner-up in the 2013 National Jazz Awards, Steve Barry is a pianist, organist, composer and improviser based in Sydney, Australia.
In the final year of his PhD in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Steve maintains a busy schedule composing, teaching and performing periodically across Australia, New Zealand and, more recently, Japan and East Asia. His doctoral studies investigate the use modernist constructive techniques to facilitate semi-structured, collaborative improvisation in various contexts - from piano trio to string quartet to contemporary dance - drawing influence at points from Arnold Schoenberg, Morton Feldman, Elliott Carter, Paul Bley and the gamut of local and international contemporary experimental and improvised music.
Steve's two albums, Puzzles (2014) and the debut Steve Barry (2012), as well as the Australia-Japan collaboration Orbiturtle's Sakura (2015), each received 4 star reviews in The Australian.
Steve has performed with Mimi Jones, Camille Thurman, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, George Coleman Jr., Chris McNulty and Arun Luthra (USA), and Yoshio Suzuki (JPN), as well as a long list of prominent Australian musicians and groups in The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Dale Barlow, Jamie Oehlers, Sean Wayland, James Muller, Andrew Dickeson and Andrew Gander.
Steve grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and began playing the piano at age 4. As a teenager he received the Most Outstanding Musician (2007), Best Pianist (2007), Best Keyboardist (2006, 2008), Best Composition (2008) and Band of Festival (2007, 2008) awards from the Tauranga International Jazz Festival Youth Competition. Relocating to Australia in 2009 to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) with First Class Honours in 2011.