Steve Hamilton is one of Europe’s most creative and experienced contemporary pianists, performing a multitude of music from the improvised to pop to film and session work. Born in Aberdeen in 1973, Hamilton grew up in a musical family with professional guitarist father Laurie a constant source of inspiration and invaluable musical information. After encouragement and tuition from the world renown jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith, Steve applied for and won a full scholarship to study Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After becoming immersed in the Boston jazz scene and establishing himself as one of the premier pianists on the East Coast, Hamilton graduated with full honors in 1995 and made the move back across the Atlantic and based himself in London, England, where his talents and reputation spread like wildfire. Here in London, Hamilton became the first call pianist across the genres for over 5 years, also performing regularly with such internationally notable musicians as Freddie Hubbard and Pee Wee Ellis and becoming a long standing member of legendary drummer Bill Bruford’s internationally acclaimed jazz quartet, Earthworks. After a brief sojourn living in Bulgaria, Hamilton has returned to Scotland, and has continued to enhance his reputation as one of Europe’s top pianists. He has performed with Martin Taylor, Gary Burton, Tommy Smith’s Karma, frequently collaborates with American bassist Michael Janisch, and is an established member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
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