Steve Harlos, piano
Sunday May 7, 2001
Steve Harlos made a stop at Hillside Concerts for a special performance while in town to perform with the San Jose Ballet. Among other pieces, he performed a 30 minute ballet piece choreographed around a pianist. Musically it's a history of the evolution of jazz piano from Scott Joplin to McCoy Tyner.
Steven Harlos made his solo debut at Lincoln Center in 1986, performing the Gershwin Concerto in F. Known for his sensitivity as an accompanist, he has performed with many artists of international stature, including Timofei Dokshutzer, Charles Treger, Erick Friedman, and Harvey Phillips. Among the many great clarinetists he has worked with are such artists as Larry Combs, Gervase de Peyer and Anthony Gigliotti. He currently is serving as Staff Keyboardist for the Dallas Symphony, and is an active chamber musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
He has performed with the Paul Whitman Orchestra of New York under the direction of Maurice Peress, and was a featured soloist with this ensemble at the 25th International Piano Festival held in Brescia and Bergamo, Italy. He returned to Italy in 1996 for a television special devoted to the music of George Gershwin, He has worked with such diverse artists as Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Maureen McGovern and Tommy Tune.
As a jazz pianist, he assisted Dick Hyman in the first performances of his ballet "Piano Man" with the Cleveland Ballet, and subsequently performed the work with the Cleveland Ballet on numerous occasions. He also performed Mr. Hymanís ballet "The Bumís Rush", with the American Ballet Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has been recognized in the International Whoís Who of Musicians (1987), and in the first edition of the Biographical Dictionary of American Pianists (1988). Since 1982, he has served as Coordinator of Accompanying and member of the piano faculty at the University of North Texas in Denton.
Steve is Bob Cowart's high-school friend and former musician buddy. They played in the concert band, marching band, and several jazz and rock bands together in the 1970's.