Steven Luksan is a composer and pianist based in Seattle. Steven is an advocate for the performance of new and uncommon compositions (especially those by Scandinavian and American composers), and for the performance of chamber music in intimate settings. He is the founder and artistic director of the Saltwater Music Series (Des Moines, WA), a concert series dedicated to performances of local and off-the-beaten-path chamber music.
Steven's compositions are influenced by folk traditions, jazz, minimalism, and the music of his favorite composers from the early 20th century. His compositions include pieces for solo piano, chamber music including viola, oboe, or flute, and many art songs. His songs include settings in English and Norwegian of poetry by Carl Sandburg, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Amy Lowell, Sigbjørn Obstfelder, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Knut Hamsun, and contemporary poets including Joanne Kennedy Frazer, Jeff Fearnside, and Val Mallinson.
Steven received a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of British Columbia and Bachelor’s Degrees in Music and Norwegian Language from the University of Washington. Since age 6, Steven has written music for solo piano and for ensembles of all sizes, from symphony orchestra to solo flute. His compositions have been performed throughout the USA, as well as in Canada, Norway, Spain, and Taiwan.
Steven Luksan is currently on the faculty of Music Center of the Northwest, where he serves as a piano instructor and the staff accompanist. Steven was recently appointed Composer In Residence at Des Moines United Methodist Church (Des Moines, WA). He is also the pianist for the French Chorale of the Alliance Française de Seattle, accompanies within the Music Department at Shoreline Community College, is an occasional accompanist with Seattle Opera, and is a board member and outreach pianist for the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society.