NY pianist and songsmith Scott Stein is a musician's musician. Since arriving in New York in 2007, the Ohio-born Stein has managed to build a steady reputation on the New York music scene, crafting a sound that at once sounds immediate and of the moment and rooted in some bygone golden era of songwriting. A classically trained composer with a jazz pianist’s touch but a pop aficionado’s sense of melody, Stein’s songwriting draws from a wealth of songwriting influences. He has drawn comparisons to Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby and Elton John. His residency at the former East Village haunt Banjo Jim's lead TimeOut NY to claim "Mr. Stein plays the kind of dirty blues that might cause you to shed a few blues of your own".
On his most recent solo outing Traveling Companion Stein reflects on the themes of marriage, life on the road and growing older in what is often a young man's profession. A busy, rapidly-changing city provides the backdrop as Stein's wistful melodies are delivered in a poignant, often understated vocal style that has become his trademark.
Moreover, Scott's body of work as a bandleader and collaborator has taken him across the country where he has shared the stage with acts as wide-ranging as Levon Helm, Broadway diva Rachel York and American Idol and musical theater star Constantine Maroulis.
Scott was born and raised in Akron, OH and received his B.M. Composition from The Ohio State University, where he graduated summa cum laude and received numerous awards and scholarships for his piano and composing skills. He studied piano in his formative years with Akron legend Pat Pace and at OSU with Bobby Floyd, Hank Marr and Mark Flugge; he studied composition with Professors Don Harris and Mark Ainger. In 2007, prior to relocating to New York, he was awarded the Guild of Temple Musicians Young Composers Award for his choral setting of Shirat HaYam (Song of the Sea), which was published by Transcontinental Publications.
Currently, Scott is the conductor of NYC jazz/pop vocal group Uncommon Chord, Kol DOROT, and the Manhattan chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir. He has accompanied or music directed several musical theater performances, including recent productions at NYMF and the NY Fringe Festival. In addition he is a current faculty member at CAP21 and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
A full resume can be viewed here.