Composer Profile – Steve Horowitz

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steve-horowitzName: Steve Horowitz
State: CA
Primary Genre(s): Contemporary Classical/Film/TV/Games/Jazz
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About Steve Horowitz

Steve Horowitz is a creator of unusual but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Steve’s 30-year career integrates his experiences as a band leader with his explorations as a multifaceted composer, bassist, and producer. Steve writes for chamber and concert ensembles, dance, film, television, cartoons, and video games. Steve wrote the score to the Oscar-nominated film Super Size Me, and he is Audio Director at Nickelodeon Digital. Steve has penned the scores for hundreds of popular video games, twenty-three albums, he is a Grammy, Webby, and Kid Screen award-winning composer, producer, and audio director.

Steve studied at the California Institute of the Arts with Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick , Micheal Jon Fink, and Stephen “Lucky” Mosko. He teaches at San Francisco State University, The Academy of Art University, and UC-Santa Cruz. He has lectured at various schools including New York University, California Institute of the Arts, and Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Touring projects in the United States and abroad helped to form Steve’s unique perspective and voice. Steve’s music has been heard at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, The Bimhuis in Amsterdam, The Red Cat Theater in Los Angeles, The Miller Theater and The Kitchen in New York. Steve frequently collaborates with other artists. He has joined forces with an eclectic variety of musicians such as electric guitar wizards Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, and Henry Kaiser, in addition to saxophone greats Lenny Pickett, Ralph Carney, Dan Plonsey, and Steve Adams along with The Clubfoot Orchestra, Glen Spearman, acoustic bassist Tatsu Aoki, and the Balkan music ensemble Zhaba. 

Steve was honored in 1996 with a Grammy award for his engineering work on the compact disc, “True Life Blues, the Songs of Bill Monroe” winner of the Best Bluegrass album in 1996.  Steve has been featured in Bass Player magazine and the publications, The Art of Digital Music and The Guerrilla Guide to the Music Business. Steve is the author of The Essential Guide to Game Audio: The Theory and Practice of Sound for Games published by Focal press. Steve can be found providing game audio workshops throughout the country. Watch a few sample lessons at