Roger Steptoe, an internationally known pianist and composer, will offer a lecture and demonstration, “Thirty Happy Years,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in the library's Geneva Room.
The program, sponsored by the HWS Department of Music, will feature Steptoe's work, his life in music, his life in France, and something about the music he will play in his Geneva recital. He will present a full piano recital, sponsored by American Landmark Festivals, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20 at The Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva.
Widely known as a composer and respected teacher, Steptoe is also an accomplished concert pianist with a repertoire embracing classical and contemporary works, with many premieres to his name. In addition to solo recitals, he has worked extensively as a chamber musician and with singers. He has presented concerts throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and has been a guest artist at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
The most recent CD of his own music is available on the Paris Explora Concept label, and features the “Sinfonietta for Organ and Strings,” performed by Olivier Latry and the organ of Notre-Dame, Paris; the “Oboe Concerto” with Nora Cismondi, soloist with the Orchestre National de Paris; and the “Seven Miniatures for Piano Trio,” with the Trio Magellan. Jerome Devaud conducts the Forum Sinfonietta, Paris.
Since 1999, Steptoe has lived in Uzerche in the Limousin region of central France, and teaches musical erudition at the conservatory in Brive-la-Gaillarde.
Tickets for the April 20 recital …