Steve Christie playing at the Theatre Royal, Winchester, October 2016. Photograph by Steven Moulster.
Steve Christie (BMus) is a versatile Session Musician, Sound Engineer and Jazz and Pop pianist based in Southampton, UK. He trained at Air Studios, London as a Sound Engineer in the 1990s, attained a degree from Southampton University and then became a professional pianist in 1996.
Steve regularly performs jazz, pop and classical piano across the UK both solo and with various duos, trios and big bands, including the The Spitfire Sisters and Louisa Revolta and her Jazz Band. He is also a prolific composer and songwriter, which can be seen elsewhere on this site.
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!
Steve has performed at literally thousands of venues for jazz evenings, corporate events and drinks receptions.
As well as Piano (his main instrument), he also plays Organ, Harpsichord, Double Bass, Guitar and Drums, and he runs a Recording Studio in the New Forest specializing in retro keyboards and recording techniques.
Steve provides bespoke session piano tracks, and can also create piano backing tracks from recordings. This is especially useful if there is no sheet music available. See Vintage Keys Studio.