Steve Christie (BMus) is a Pianist, Multi-instrumentalist, Composer/Arranger and Sound Engineer based in Southampton, UK. He trained at Air Studios, London as a Sound Engineer in the 1990s, attained a music degree from Southampton University and became a professional pianist in 1996.
He is able to play in absolutely any style, including Pop, Jazz, Blues, Motown, Classical, Grunge, Funk... even Kid's TV Themes!
Steve regularly performs on piano across the UK for Parties, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Events and MOD Events/Officer's Mess parties. Travelling is not a problem, and if you have no piano at your venue, Steve is able to provide a high quality digital piano keyboard and realistic BOSE speaker system for no extra charge.
He has played at many top venues across the UK, including Highclere Castle, Wilton's Music Hall, Pittville Pump Room, The Concorde Club, Hall for Cornwall, Theatre Royal Winchester... to name but a few.
With the ability to play any music from just listening (he reads music too, of course...) he is perfect for events where the audience takes an active role in his performance, and can ask for absolutely any requests they like, and if he has heard them, he can play them!
A longtime highlight of his performances has been his live 'on the fly' requests spot - audience members are asked to call out names of random songs and he then fashions a medley as he plays. Another variant on this is the Ice Breaker Quiz which is great for corporate events and smaller functions, where he plays 15 TV themes in a fast and furious medley and the guests have to write down as many TV theme names as possible to win!
View some of Steve's Live Piano Requests videos here
"I was fortunate enough to find Steve as I was searching for a pianist who could play some live background music for my mother’s 70th birthday party. After reading such positive testimonials from previous clients on his website, as well as sampling his impressive repertoire, I knew that Steve was exactly the kind of performer that we needed for our event. On the day, Steve arrived on schedule, with all of the equipment necessary for the venue. We left the overall music choices to Steve’s better judgement, and the pieces played suited the party and its guests perfectly. Despite a plentiful amount of chatter in the room, the music could be heard and enjoyed without being intrusive. And the few requests that we made, one of which being the music from ’Frozen’, were very warmly received - particularly by the youngsters at the party! I would wholeheartedly recommend Steve’s services."
Matt, 70th Birthday Party, Oxford University
He is a composer and songwriter, and is one of the create forces behind Winchester-based group, The Spitfire Sisters, both performing, and writing and recording for them. He has written and recorded a vast quantity of eclectic music, ranging from classical to jazz to library music, including his acclaimed 2003 album 'Children's Television Themes From A Parallel Dimension.' Other acts Steve has written for include the sinister, dark comedy act The Goose & The Crow, for Dolly Dolly, and he wrote the songs'Release' and 'Dance and Scream' for early 2000s indie/folk band Betika, in which he was briefly a member, playing guitar, glockenspiel, percussion and cello - sometimes all at the same time!
Steve provides bespoke session piano tracks, and can also create custom piano backing tracks by listening to recordings. This is especially useful if there is no sheet music available. For more information, please see the bespoke piano tracks page.
As well as Piano (his main instrument), he also plays Pipe Organ , Harpsichord, Double and Electric Bass, Guitar and Drums, and he runs Vintage Keys Studio in the New Forest specialising in vintage keyboards and recording techniques.
Listen to Steve Christie's 2018 album 'Le Seni di Sant'Agata - A Secret Filmscore' - wedding pianist music