was born May 28, 1972 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Steven Bryant has studied composition with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School, Cindy McTee at the University of North Texas, and W. Francis McBeth at Ouachita Baptist University. With Frank Ticheli as his mentor, Bryant helped co-compose "Stomp" by Ticheli. Bryant's music has been performed by numerous ensembles across North America, Europe, and East Asia. His first orchestral work, Loose Id for Orchestra, hailed by celebrated composer Samuel Adler as "orchestrated like a virtuoso," was premiered by the Juilliard Symphony and is featured on a CD released by the Bowling Green Philharmonia on Albany Records. Alchemy in Silent Spaces, a new large-scale work commissioned by James DePreist and The Juilliard School, was premiered by the Juilliard Orchestra in May 2006.
Other notable commissions have come from the Amherst Saxophone Quartet (funded by the American Composers Jerome Composers Commissioning Program), the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, the US Air Force Band of Mid-America, the Calgary Stampede Band, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas Wind Orchestra. Recordings include multiple releases by Eugene Corporon and the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, the Ron Hufstader and the El Paso Wind Symphony, William Berz and the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, and Thomas Leslie and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Wind Orchestra. Bryant has also rearranged the Iggy Pop and the Stooges song "Real Cool Time" for the independent Italian record label Snowdonia, as well as music for portions of the Virtual Space Tour at space.com.
Bryant is a founding member of the composer-consortium BCM International (along with Eric Whitacre, Jonathan Newman, and Jim Bonney: four stylistically-diverse composers from across the country). BCM's music has generated a following of thousands around the world and two recordings: "BCM Saves the World" (2002, Mark Custom Records) and "BCM Men of Industry" (2004, BCM Records).
Bryant currently resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, conductor Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. They spend summers in Austria.
The most famous compositions:
- Ecstatic Waters
- The Machine Awakes
- Radiant Joy
- In This Broad Earth