Steven Neugarten is a pianist, teacher and sometime celesta, chamber organ, harpsichord and bongo player. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with James Gibb and Edith Vogel and was awarded the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix) for a recital of music by Beethoven, Elliott Carter and Debussy.
He now works as a solo pianist, chamber musician, song accompanist (in both classical repertoire and musical theatre), pianist with various opera companies, keyboard player with the orchestra of London Children's Ballet, occasional orchestral piano & celeste player and a rehearsal pianist with such distinguished choirs as The Bach Choir & City of London Choir. He's also worked for many years with scores of instrumentalists, singers and conducting students at institutions including the Royal College of Music, GSMD, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Holloway University of London, TrinityLaban and University College London.
Early in his career he performed Bartok's Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion with Thomas Adès in the Barbican Hall, recorded a CD of 20th Century British piano music for Metier Sound and Vision and, with his trio, performed Morton Feldman's (84-minute) Trio at the Venice Biennale in 2000. More recently, he was a soloist in Shostakovich's concerto for piano, trumpet and strings, a pianist with Slot Machine Theatre's show at the Swaledale Festival: "The Boy, The Piano & The Beach" in June 2018 and worked on the film “Stan and Ollie”, released in 2019.
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