Steve Aho, originally from Portland, OR, began playing drums and the piano at around age 4. His mother, a pianist and pedagogue, and keyboardist father fostered a musical environment in which he thrived. By his early teens, he was performing with professional ensembles in the Portland area, and went on to continue his education at the University of Michigan (B.A.) and the University of Miami (M.A.). For fun during his free time, Steve began building computers and learning about audio engineering, which led to his mastery of music technology.
Steve can best be described as an all-in-one music go-to guy of the 21st century. Be it as a musician, producer, music director, conductor, arranger, engineer, or general music tech geek, he executes everything with thoughtfully tailored expertise and panache, making himself an indispensable part of every project in which he is involved.
His playing and music production have appeared in feature film soundtracks, national TV broadcasts such as The Jay Leno Show, The Conan O'Brien Show, PBS Great Performances, Canada AM, The Dr. Phil Show, TV commercials, national sports broadcasts, audio sample libraries, and numerous album projects. As a musician equally comfortable playing drums, vibraphone, percussion, or keyboards, he has worked with musical luminaries as diverse as Adele, John Williams, Harry Styles, Morrissey, Hans Zimmer, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Steve Martin, Jason Mraz, Nate Ruess, Paul Simon, Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Tobias Jesso Jr., Edie Brickell, Graham Nash, Natalie Cole, Katherine McPhee, Stevie Nicks, Cobra Starship, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Patrick Stump, Shawn Colvin, Michelle Branch, Boz Skaggs, Raul Malo, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Reba McEntire, Charice, Neil Sedaka, and Michael Feinstein.
Steve's musical career has taken him to perform in five continents and in 49 U.S. States. He now splits his time between Los Angeles, California, and Graz, Austria, where he orchestrates, contracts and conducts large-scale orchestral studio sessions, including the newest albums of Harry Styles, Nate Ruess, Emile Haynie, Paramore, and Young the Giant. Steve plays drums and serves as music director for Warner Brothers recording artist William Joseph, with whom he has toured with Il Divo, Katherine Jenkins, and Josh Groban, and continually works with various artists in the pop/classical world. Steve also works regularly with mega-producer/music icon Peter Asher on various album projects and performs in his memoirs show. Well versed in many different styles of music, he has performed worldwide with diverse artists from jazz vocalist Monica Mancini to Engelbert Humperdinck. He has has performed at Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards.
This year, Steve has developed a rhythm pedagogy method composed for instrumental students of all ages. It will be available to the public in the Fall of 2017.