Steve’s Professional Bio
Many rivers flow to the sea, and likewise, many creative tributaries in pianist/composer Steve Rivera’s life have led him to the level of consummate artistry he has achieved today. Steve started learning to play the piano from his father at the age of eight and by the time he was thirteen, he was playing at church functions and in bands ranging from punk rock and alternative to blues and jazz. After high school, he knew that music was his life’s ambition.
From there Steve’s numerous accomplishments included studying composing and conducting at Hope University, touring as a member of a singing group, and interning at several churches as an assistant music director. As he has evolved in his craft, Steve Rivera has composed, performed, and recorded for several musical theatre productions (Golden State Theatre Company), which were performed at The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, has scored a film trailer and currently performs regularly in Southern California where he lives. One of his major accomplishments was the writing of a full production musical called, “The Parable,” in which he served as the composer, lyricist, and author.
Now at this point in his ever-evolving career, Steve has truly upped his game with the release of his stunning new album, “Dividing The Darkness.” To fulfill his creative vision for this project, Steve chose to work with one of the premier new age and contemporary instrumental producers in the world; the Grammy winning founder of the legendary Windham Hill Records, Mr. Will Ackerman. Along with Will’s roster of world-class studio musicians at Imaginary Road Studios, Steve has created an album that has garnered critical acclaim from highly regarded reviewers in the genre.
According to Steve: “Being a musician is about being able to put feelings, emotion, and expression into music that is relate-able to others and transcends verbal communication in a way that transports people from one place to another.” In fact, the maestro Ackerman himself refers to the emotional range heard in Steve’s recording as: “a testament to the resilience of the human soul and the power of hope.” Another reviewer described “Dividing The Darkness” as: A magnificent debut album from a composer and pianist who demonstrates an astonishing level of sophistication, intensity, and heartfelt emotional expressivity. The music is innovative, varied in style, and consistently distinctive and memorable.”
In Steve’s own words: “Everyone has a God given talent. And when that talent is realized and pursued in a positive way, its limits may be nonexistent”.