Steve Holt was a child prodigy starting to play piano at the age of four. Born in Montreal Canada, he began his professional career at the age of seventeen - self-taught - playing the clubs in and around Montreal. Since that time, Steve has built an international reputation as one of Canada's premier Jazz pianists, having worked with, among others, Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, Eddie Henderson, Pat Labarbera, James Moody, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and Michel Urbaniak.
Holt is an emphatic, bop-based
pianist whose solos simply pop from
one phrase to the next.
- Mark Miller, Globe & Mail
Renowned as one of Canada's top
- Maria Tzavaras, Inside Toronto
His control over the keyboard
obviously comes from a lifetime of
devotion to his craft and the
evidence is clear that he is truly
- Bobbie Gallop, Gallop N Dawg
Music (Nashville TN)
Trent Hills, ON
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
Steve graduated with distinction in 1981 as McGill University's first-ever Bachelor of
Music majoring in Jazz performance. He was appointed as instructor of Jazz
Improvisation and taught ensemble and jazz piano during that time. It was also
during this period that Steve travelled regularly to New York to study piano with
world-renowned pianist Kenny Barron. He currently teaches private students in jazz as
well as small jazz improvisation ensembles.